Ashen Horde – Sanguinum Vindicta
Release Date: March 04, 2014
Sanguinum Vindicta is the latest release by Ashen Horde, a black metal singularity from Hollywood. It serves as the second chapter to a bleak fantasy tale. The Ab Initio EP is the first chapter. Sanguinum Vindicta is a decidedly dark and compelling epic. Track by track, or page by page if you will, I found myself wanting to hear what came next. Where was this tale going to go?
Self-described as “blackened prog-metal art at its finest,” Ashen Horde is black metal at its core. I get it, though. That’s exactly what this album is. I also see that as a nod of respect to black metal. Ashen Horde is a one-man project from the desolate, wintery depths of… L.A? I am pretty sure the only forest in L.A. is one full of silicon implanted, soul sucking beasts. It is a land of desecration, filled with tortured broken spirits and tattered dreams. In the raining embers of burned hope rises Ashen Horde.
One-man projects are often deficient in some ways. Not so in this case. Trevor Portz lacks nothing in any aspect. The musicianship is clear with each instrument and the song writing is adroit. I cannot tell you if Trevor played drums or if it is a drum machine. Either way, it took skill to pull this off.* The vocals are a nice, harsh blend of scream and raspy filth – refreshing to these ears.
Sanguinum Vindicta is not just for black metal fans. It is for extreme metal fans. This is an album that really deserves to be heard. Go to the Bandcamp page at http://ashenhorde.bandcamp.com and give the album a spin. Buy it for $7 (you can also order a CD version for $10 via the band’s Bandcamp or Facebook) then go click Like on the Facebook page. I hope Trevor keeps it up after chapter three is released. I will be interested to see what twists and turns could come as this tale reaches its conclusion.
*After this was written, I found out Trevor programmed the drums. How? I asked. Novel idea, I know. Do not let that sway you from giving this a spin. I assure you I could not tell (you may be more adept at such things), and it took some mad skillz to pull off what he did. Bravo!