Soaked in negativity, damnation and complete and utter darkness, Abkehr comes barreling out of the shadows to present their debut full length titled In Asche. In Asche is a four track record, and that alone doesn’t sound like a lot, but Abkehr packs a lot of content within each song. Each of the four songs is plenty lengthy as each song clocks in at over six minutes at least with two clocking in at over seven minutes. So, while four songs doesn’t seem to be like a lot, Abkehr packs quite a punch within those lengthy run times providing you with a completely abyssal and torment filled listen.
Abkehr starts their record off with a brief ominous intro and as soon as that is over they barrel right through your speakers hacking and slashing away at what little soul you have left. Abkehr plays in the traditional vein of black metal, so what you get is something that is utterly barbaric, savage and completely raw and unfiltered. The sound is harsh and punishing to say the least and once Abkehr starts rolling they don’t stop until the final note. Each song on this record is filled with fury and a pure disdain for human life as each song aims to rip your soul to shreds and damn it to the blackened abyss.
The two guys that are responsible for this sound have created something that is entirely abysmal and earth scorching from front to back. They don’t compromise in their sound and they don’t seem to be holding anything back either as they come at you full force with a blood curdling intensity. From the slashing dissonant riffs to the acrobatic drumming and the shrill banshee-esque vocals in the background, you are provided with a purely demonic, dissonant and terrifying release that you have a hard time pulling yourself away from.
In Asche is an unrelenting, unfiltered, no bullshit record that takes you to the deepest reaches of hell and the darkest corners that it has to offer as well. This record is a pure blackened assault that accosts you from all angles from note one until the final note has concluded. And not only do the instruments do the accosting, but the damning atmosphere that Abkehr provides does as well. There is a sickeningly twisted and damned atmosphere that surrounds each song as well as the entire album that makes you feel unsettled and unwelcome the entire time that you are listening, but even so you still come back for more torment.
In Asche is a great debut and a great step forward in to the hellish black metal landscape. If you like your black metal raw, unfiltered and uncompromised, then In Asche is the record for you.