Black Flame Gnosis

by ASHENCULT

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"Ashencult play the kind of black metal that Philly should spit out more often. Like Philly, their self-released debut Black Flame Gnosis is steeped in history. It revels in ’90s-era Scandinavian trappings of the sort that I, with my prosaic inclinations, find slightly silly: corpsepaint, anonymity, lyrics about mystical stuff, the word “cult.” The music observes tradition, too, albeit the Swedish kind. Like Dissection or Dawn, the songs unwind into tangled skeins of speedpicking. Reverb abounds.

But these accoutrements feel more like means than ends. Beneath the grym surface lies a skewed, charming roughness. Ashencult do not shine with crystalline perfection, as Dawn does. The guitar harmonies don’t resolve tidily, but wander off into dissonance. Forceful punk downpicking appears out of nowhere. The performances hang loose by contemporary standards, but their effect is “hard-fought” rather than “sloppy.” Metal should strive, and Ashencult are striving."

- Doug Moore (Invisible Oranges)

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released May 31, 2012

All music written by Ashencult:
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"Race of the Blood Insane" lyrics by Master Motorsåg.

Art by Alyssa Lorenzon

Recorded by D. at Mark it Zero Recording Studios.

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Unholy Anarchy Records Pasadena, Maryland

Unholy Anarchy Records & Distro started in early 2013 with the vision of releasing underground extreme music both locally, and in league with our friends At War With False Noise in the UK. 2013 will mark the first handful of releases...hope you enjoy.

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