Ash Borer   The Irrepassable Gate
3.4
great
Release Date: 2016
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4.0 excellentBalerion | December 3rd 16

More like AshBoner

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4.5 superbborya | December 3rd 16

one of the best ambient bm albums in a long time... you know it's good if it's not on sputnik's hype train

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2.5 averagezaruyache | November 30th 16

Yet again they take Ash Borer's furious bm and water it down with crappy atmospherics and mixing
that doesn't make any sense. Why can I barely hear the rhythm guitar at all at some points? Why
does it sound so thin, so low, and barely contribute anything other than just fuzzing in the
background most of the time? Why is the lead guitar the only instrument that seems to matter?

When it was announced that Randall Dunn (the guy who produced every WitTR LP since Two Hunters)
was going to produce, I assumed we'd get a nice, balanced clean sound a la a more aggressive
WitTR. But alas, the mixing is just as unwieldy as on their last two releases. As an upside, the
band have peeled back some of the theatrics from Cold of Ages (excessive atmospheric junk, clean
female vocals) in an apparent attempt at getting back toward a more raw black metal style.

So hey, baby steps.


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4.0 excellentJim1 | September 21st 20

Imagine thinking ash borer is boring lmao. Fantastic album with incredible peaks and troughs of speed and aggression. Huge.

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0.0 ramon. | November 30th 16

more like Ashboring, amirite
i feel like i don't understand this band and that's alright


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3.5 greatBedex | May 5th 21

It's always difficult to rate when a band changes styles unexpectedly. The shift isn't too drastic here, this remains black metal, but they do move a way from the bread and butter atmospheric passage - atmoblack - more calmer passages of their prior records. This one is slower, it evokes older era bm at times, and I just dig that less - but kudos to them for trying new stuff you know. I also find that the prod makes it sound like a debut a bit sometimes, which obviously doesn't help. The style shift perhaps could've worked better on shorter format, and in fact the outro of 1 makes it feel a bit like a standalone EP that could've been worthwhile. The droney noisey midtrack on 2 is really cool and also makes the track feel like it could've been an EP in itself. The second half of the track picks things up and is actually excellent, one of the peaks of the album. In fact the peaks are when AB do what older AB did. 4's nice. There is an album conclusion that wraps things up nicely, and all in all this still has some (but fewer) excellent atmoblack sections, with still out of this world vocals; it just doesn't reach the heights of their prior work on a consistent enough basis. 3.6

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