Distributor/label: Send The Wood
Released: 14th April 2014
Buy Album [URL]: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ashes-of-joy/id838360616
Band Website: www.memoriesofadeadman.bandcamp.com
- Prelude (Solemn Requiem)
- Maelstrom Involution
- Touched With Pensiveness
- Wounded Knee
- From Mud To Heaven
- La Nausee
- Draft Of The Second
- Going Out With The Whore’s Saliva
- Erase My Eyes
- The Swan’s March
Ben Debrun & Tony Garcia – Guitars
Pierre Duneau – Vocals
Jef Ertle – Drums
Herve Osmont – Bass
‘Ashes of Joy” is the fifth Album from our Gallic post metal friends Memory of a Dead Man, and seems to be a more mature effort than previous material. Meaning that, the current line up for the band that was put together in 2012 is hitting new heights and will give your ears a workout, that is not only pleasurable but makes you think a wee bit more about what you are actually listening to.
The slow opener “Prelude (Solemn Requiem)” gives way to the riff laden and more upbeat “Aurora” and with the bouncy bass line of “Maelstrom Involution” the album certainly gets off to a great start.
We are slowed down by “Melancholia” and from there are dragged kicking & Screaming through “Touched with Pensiveness” and “Wounded Knee” which is my favourite track.
Other highlights are the heavy riff of La Nausee & the eloquently named “Going out with the Whore’s Saliva” and the epic seven minutes of the final track “The Swan’s March”.
This is a good atmospheric album and is well worth a good listen, preferably with a bit of space to bang your head!
Review by Gavin Lowrey