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Paul Chain : Ash

For everyone considering buying this LP, bear this in mind: 'Ash' is a heavy metal release. Sure, it has its doomy moments, but most of the time you will hear heavy metal with plenty of experimentation. This is for fans of early 80's heavy metal and even then more specifically for those who like their heavy metal with a touch of insanity.

The music isn't all that different from what Paul created up to the point of the release of 'Ash'. It just holds a much higher tempo and doesn't include most of the Black Sabbath influences that can be heard on the previous releases.

There are however two exceptions; 'I Remember a Black Mass' is a doom track just like the ones that Mr. Chain has produced before. As a spark of originality a choir even features on some sections of the track. The second exception is the fourth track, 'Abyss', an industrial/ambient track with plenty of similarities to Laibach. This track includes some church organ and some pipe instruments amongst other noise-scape components.

For the doom fans out there, I wouldn't particularly recommend that you buy this unless you are a fan/collector of Paul Chain's work. As a personal point of view, I didn't find it to be particularly good.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Eternal Flame
2. Image Down
3. Electroshock
4. Abyss
5. I Remember a Black Mass

Duration : Approx. 29 minutes

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Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
Aesthetic Death
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