Rodha
Welter Through The Ashes


3.5
great

Review

by Arche USER (86 Reviews)
September 20th, 2014 | 21 replies


Release Date: 09/13/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid slab of metal with riffs as thick as your wrists.

I start this review by eating humble pie. In my review for Raw, their 2012 demo, I concluded that they would likely fade into complete obscurity and never make a name for themselves - indeed, they were unlikely to make any more music. After being informed by one of the band members of the circumstances of recording that they were under, and more importantly that it had earned them some recognition, my prediction was somewhat ill-founded. Only a week later they were to release Welter Through The Ashes, their first full length, and although some of the problems of the demo remain, it is a far improved offering from the German 'hardcore-sludge' outfit.

For those that have listened to Raw and are aware of the issues the demo had, the first minute or so of Tresor is not a promising start; a fuzzy hardcore guitar riff repeating over a consistent drumbeat and vocalist Mo Posch's enraged yelling seems all too painfully familiar. Thankfully, before things get too comfortable and the brain can wander off, it seems that they can finally use the arsenal of riffs which it was obvious that they had - something which continues over the entire running length of the album. Although none are technical, mind bending pieces, the grasp of varying note lengths and dynamics means that they are able to sustain the impact created for a long period of time - this, coupled with the clearer production, means that it doesn't feel so much like a wall of noise and each track has slightly more of it's own character.

The vocals on here are primarily that of a hardcore influenced mid-ranged roar - not particularly varied in it's delivery, but strong throughout and spat out with enough conviction to be effective in conjunction with the music. The weakest sections come when cleaner vocals are used; unavoidable being a German group with English lyrics, but the accent is noticeably strong which although makes it noticeable, the effect is perhaps not the one wanted (presumably to add some effective variety to the coarser vocals). On the subject of the lyrics, they continue to not be great works of literature, but by no means unfitting of the music played.

In the rhythm section, the bass is particularly prominent, and although not particularly flashy actually puts forward some unexpected chord progressions across the album, giving many songs a slightly sinister feeling to them. Similarly, the drums are now no longer the onerous affair that they were in the demo, but now, although still consistent and occasionally venturing into stale grounds, offer a much more dynamic experience to the listener, particularly in faster sections.

To conclude, Rodha's first full length definitely shows more promise than their initial effort. Some sections are still slightly bogged in too much repetition and some of the vocal performances are a bit disjointed, but it is a very enjoyable experience throughout, with heavy, angry riffs dotted all over the place and a showing improvement in songwriting meaning there may be greater things to come for this group.



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Archelirion
September 20th 2014


5651 Comments


I'm pleased I can end this one on a higher note, and I am definitely looking forward to future things from them. Corrections, suggestions and constructive criticisms (or unconstructive if it's THAT bad) welcome.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
September 20th 2014


6682 Comments


saw this on bandcamp and it didn't really catch my eye... still doesn't sound that interesting to me, so I'll probably pass. nice, straightforward review though. pos

"each track has slightly more of it's own character." no apostrophe needed for its. the term is possessive, not a contraction of " it is "

Archelirion
September 20th 2014


5651 Comments


Aagh, I'm usually pretty good with my its/it's/its', but thanks for pointing that one out.
Thanks for the pos as well, I did feel this was a bit straightforward writing it but I was listening to it at the time so maybe it imitates the album somewhat?

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
September 20th 2014


6682 Comments


yeah, it's tough to review a lot of hardcore/metal band thats are like this (which is why I don't, since I don't usually have a
lot to say about these kinda bands)

Mad.
September 20th 2014


4747 Comments


Nice review man, pos'd. Y'all could ask for a feature.

Is there a stream link?

Archelirion
September 20th 2014


5651 Comments


http://rodha.de/album/welter-through-the-ashes

How would I go about doing such a thing? Would be awesome if it could!

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
September 20th 2014


6682 Comments


@aaron - go to the 'site forum' (bottom of the page) and go to the 'for the meds' section, copy the url, and ask for it to be featured

Archelirion
September 20th 2014


5651 Comments


Thanks for the pointer, I think I've done everything as is required.

PortalofPerfection
September 20th 2014


1991 Comments


This was pretty solid from what I heard, definitely better than their first release. Not sure if I like the vocals but the atmosphere this creates is nice and thick.

Archelirion
September 20th 2014


5651 Comments


Oh, miles ahead of their first. The vocals I kinda wish were a bit lower but that's just a preference.

Wolfhorde
September 21st 2014


15373 Comments


Listening to the title track now and I definitely think the vox could partially use some more panache.

Archelirion
September 21st 2014


5651 Comments


Just saw this got featured - thanks! :D
Some bits of the vocals fit with the music quite nicely I feel, but perhaps it's a depth thing.

BallsToTheWall
September 21st 2014


49557 Comments


My wrists are pretty small so I don't know if i should listen to this.

Digging: Gnaw Their Tongues - Kapmeswonden en Haatliederen

Archelirion
September 21st 2014


5651 Comments


I was going to have a summary like 'riffs as thick as your wrist. Pummeled until soft. Still a bit difficult to chew' but I'm really glad I didn't, all things considered.

Should give it a listen anyway BallsToTheWall, maybe compare to ankle size instead?

Mad.
September 21st 2014


4747 Comments


inb4 dick jokes

scottpilgrim10
September 21st 2014


4750 Comments


Congrats in the feature! I'm probably not going to check this out bc I'm not much of metal head.

Archelirion
September 21st 2014


5651 Comments


Thanks! Aye that's fair enough, this will unlikely change your perception of metal drastically but it's good if you already like it.

RodhaFlo
September 22nd 2014


3 Comments


Aaron, great read. Props on digging into something so deeply as how the artists themselves obviously do not often enough. ;)

Great to see it featured as well.

Very interesting community you got here. Keep it up guys!
Thank you.

SharkTooth
September 22nd 2014


13967 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

liking this album so far

Archelirion
September 22nd 2014


5651 Comments


Thanks Flo, it's really nice to have direct artist comments on a review, so it's appreciated both ends.

Glad to hear SharkTooth!



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