Ashes Of The Heretic
Review by Alex on May 2, 2018.
Judaswiege play quickly and loudly, there is no messing around on Ashes of the Heretic. It delivers mighty blows of chaotic guitar leads, while speedy snare striking accolade's the barbarism being matched by the choky atmosphere lingering on the production.
Sounds of an organ being played on the title track add more menace to the cruel nature of the time phase being explored by Judaswiege. “The Executioner” is a favorite on the album; the first guitar solo at the 2:27 mark is neat and the second solo is slick but also has a very late 70s early 80s touch. The vocals sound as though a caveman has begun learning the basics of speech, however, instead of gently saying the words, he exclaims them loudly. It's a unique vocal signature that I enjoyed on “The Heretic” and the rest of the album; this also play's a key role in terms of the band’s originality.
“The Mass Grave” is a mighty rainstorm of robust oeuvre. Swedish second wave black metal guitar tremolo picking takes the stand then diverts into thrash metal shredding and back. Fancy double bass is merged with standard one-two drumming mechanics to create a memorable musical experience for the listener.
The lyrics on Ashes of The Heretic deal with the misconduct and injustices committed by the Catholic Church during the Spanish Inquisition. I admire the 1-3 word lyrical lines within the verses; doing this lets the listener hear more of the music and prevents the songs from being overshadowed vocally.
If you're a fan of fast-paced drumming backed up by sinister sounding six-stringed strokes and a somewhat unique vocal output, then Judaswiege’s Ashes of The Heretic will surely satiate your request.
Rating: 7.5 out of 1099