Ashes Fallen – V

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Ashes Fallen celebrate their fifth anniversary as a band with a clever sort-of reinvention of themselves in V, a trio of “what ifs”. By that, it’s meant that the band has issued this three-song EP of remixes. All in all, this is quite the refresher for Ashes Fallen fans as well as a delectable taste of what could have been with the original release of these songs.

Artist: Ashes Fallen
Album: V
Label: Independent
Release Date: March 1, 2024
Location: California

Written by Jarret S Young for Sounds and Shadows (READ HERE)

Ashes Fallen celebrate their fifth anniversary as a band with a clever sort-of reinvention of themselves in V, a trio of “what ifs”. By that, it’s meant that the band has issued this three-song EP of remixes to explore established songs with a fresh twist. The EP also shows the band’s altruistic side, as all proceeds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.

The tracks are given a treatment which reimagines them as techno-pop jams instead of the more rock-oriented sound the band is more known for.

We Belong Nowhere (Diaspora Mix) immediately creates images of early-80s nostalgia, with its crunchy guitar riff and synth drum rhythm. Vocalist James Perry digs into the deeper end of his vocal range to give the track a moody sense of foreboding. Think of Rage In Eden-era Ultravox with a little Sisters of Mercy from the same time period thrown in and you get the idea.

Continuing on the same vibe, there’s Unrequited (Come Undone Mix). Perry explores a different vocal range from the previous track and shows his skill as a saxophonist as well. One doesn’t typically think of the sax as an instrument widely used in goth rock, but this is nothing short of a perfect fit to explore the moodier aspects of the track.

Damn Me (Ninth Circle Mix) is the heaviest track of the three, dipping into industrial territory with its layered, hard-edge drumbeat and an angry aggression to the guitar riff. Again, the sax is present, which lolls the listener in a false sense of comfort before jarring the listener with an abrupt transition which keeps the listening ear engaged. Damn Me is biting in its presentation and delightfully unpredictable in its delivery.

Ashes Fallen is James Perry, Michelle Perry, and Jason Shaw

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by James Perry
Cover photo by Michelle Perry, design by James and Michelle Perry

All in all, this is quite the refresher for Ashes Fallen fans as well as a delectable taste of what could have been with the original release of these songs.




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