ash borer - the irreparable gate

Ash Borer: The Irrepassable Gate (2016)

The first time I heard Ash Borer, I couldn’t take how dense and cold the music was.  Here was black metal that didn’t cater to the fickle winds of the second wave, but through their own construction managed to evoke the icy nature of the music without being slavish to the genre.  Evoking drone and doom as much as straight ahead black metal, it was distinctly American in sound, even as its tendrils stretched to otherworldly planes.  When The Irrepassable Gate came out in 2016 I gave it another go and found my way in, through the winding melodies and cold depths of anguish. Continue reading “Ash Borer: The Irrepassable Gate (2016)”