Ashes of my Memory are a melodic death/progressive metal band from South Tyrol, Italy. Founded in 2009 as a fun project – all members were 14 or 15 years old at the time of formation. Their self-made demo We are Ghosts was released in 2012 followed by a hiatus. They have since reunited and have now released their debut-EP Raptures///Disillusions on October 7th 2018.
Two 8-minute + tracks is all Ashes of my Memory give here but in these two tracks they bring enough melodies, crunching heaviness and progressive elements to put many of their peers to shame.
Opening with The Cycle, the sombre and sweet melody switches in an instant to death metal heaviness. It’s eye-watering but not without rhythm and as the track really comes to life, Ashes of my Memory showcase a complex and drifting style that takes the listener on a trip into thrilling darkness. Clean and guttural vocals taking turns is nothing new but here, the music follows suit making for a much less disjointed effort.
The Decline keeps the under-stated deep darkness while ramping up the heaviness with white-hot riffing and melodramatic melodies. Again, Ashes of my Memory don’t allow one element to dominate showing off all their talents for both ferocity, beauty and progressiveness to great results. This is a hell of an EP, one that fills with you with both despair and hope.
Ashes of my Memory – Raptures///Disillusions Full Track Listing:
1. The Cycle
2. The Decline
Ashes of my Memory - Raptures///Disillusions (Self Released)
- The Final Score - 8.5/108.5/10