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Covered in Ashes : Grim Shadows

Covered in Ashes is a young Death/Doom metal act from The Netherlands. Originally starting out under the name Wisdom Covered in Ashes they formed in 2002 simply because they loved to play Doom-metal. It’s nice to see such initiatives still exist, people joining forces simply because they love to play music, without any pretensions. We can use more young enthusiastic bands within the Doom-metal scene.

Musically, Covered in Ashes does not really bring anything shockingly new to the scene. They put down a thick slice of heavy death/doom in the vein of early My Dying Bride, Anathema and Paradise Lost. They clearly focus a lot on the death-metal side of their music, but without losing track of the Doom aspect. This is simple and effective Death/Doom with a good dose of enthusiasm.

Enthusiasm on its own can not guarantee good music however. Fortunately everybody within Covered in Ashes seems to be quite adept at what they do and they managed to compose some interesting tracks. Only the, luckily very sporadic, clean vocals are a big turn off. The band has two vocalists, both take up grunting duties but one of them also does some clean vocals. Unfortunately he - and I can not find a friendlier way of saying this - can not sing at all. I personally would rather see them use the two grunters more often and drop the clean vocals completely (or learn how to sing). Because other than stating they have two people who take vocal duties they do not really take advantage of this musically speaking a lot. There are a few good times where both of them do some mighty dual grunts, but I have a feeling this could be worked out much more.

The obvious track on this demo that will get the attention of most Doom fans is the My Dying Bride cover of 'Turn Loose the Swans'. Strangely enough I don’t know of many bands that have covered My Dying Bride (but plenty who have stolen entire riffs and passages of their music). Overall this is an enjoyable cover, but obviously it can not match the original. They manage quite well however and I also enjoy their version of this song a lot (it doesn’t differ that much though). I am glad that the band decided to cover one song and put their love for MDB. there and with the rest of their music focus on creating their own style, rather then blatantly copying MDB. or Anathema. Covered in Ashes have created a solid Death/Doom demo that is certainly worth some attention. Nothing here is ground breaking and there are some definite sections that need work (the clean vocals!), but with their enthusiasm and love for the music I think they could produce some quality music. In any case I am glad to see bands simply playing for the love of the music and not being worried about their image or being truer then other bands. Which alone makes this band worth supporting. I wish them the best of luck in the future.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Ten Candles Burning
2. Wisdom Covered in Ashes
3. Turn Loose the Swans
4. The Words I Whispered

Duration : Approx. 27 minutes

Visit the Covered in Ashes bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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