|Review: Ash to Dust - Demons Within|
Label: Misanthropik Records
Year released: 2019
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: May 11, 2021
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Rated 1.5/5 (30%) (2 Votes)
Ash to Dust formed in Tucson, Arizona, back in 2007. I have a bit of a soft spot for bands from that area as they have spawned some really great music through the years from such bands as Flotsam and Jetsam, Judicator and, of course, one of my favorite bands of all time, Sacred Reich. Ash to Dust being a Thrash Metal band, I was eager to check it out. Does it live up to some the area's best? Not really.
The Good—This is Thrash Metal but the more Groove oriented style which I am ok with, but it is not what I look for when I reach for a Thrash album. They littered some good riffs throughout the album. Unfortunately, that is all I have for the good.
The Bad—Yet another album with muddy production. I thought at first it was me or there was something wrong with my speakers or headphones. This is the third album I listened to today and all of them had muddy/low production. This is another album that could really use some editing. Some of these songs just feel needlessly long. Maybe it is the fact the band seems to really like instrumental passages and where most Thrash/Groove Metal albums would have those instrumental passages lead to a killer riff and some serious speed, this album will have none of that. The instrumental "D.D.A.M" and ballad(?) "Mother May I" are perfect examples of what I am talking about. They are long and never really go anywhere. I was always expecting something that just never showed up.
Overall, an album that really leaves you wanting. This is like the musical equivalent of leaving the bar drunk as fuck and thinking Taco Bell is a good idea. It is technically food, but you will regret it afterwards.
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