& Ashes is the first album by the Scandinavian band
DEVILS WHOREHOUSE I got to hear. As a fan of both Black
Metal and various Punk stuff, I always wanted to take a look at
this Horror Punk project by Morgan and B.War of Marduk but somehow
up to this day it never happened. Ok, let’s get it started.
Right at the beginning Oceans Turn To Blood bashes through
the speakers leaving a broad smile on the listener’s face.
The really good Danzig-quoting vocals, the snotty-rocking instrumentation
and the raw but powerful production fit together just great and
without even noticing you will turn up the volume. You got to
play this loud! Without leaving time to take a breath Blood
& Ashes races on and takes on more and more speed
now and then. Sometimes this speed takes away the catchiness to
some point but hey – who cares.
Due to these rumbling and speedy songs the more songs on Blood
& Ashes slow down to give way for some heavy, nearly
Doom Metal like riffs and the better DEVILS WHOREHOUSE
get. It’s obvious that in these songs tribute is more paid
to Glenn Danzig’s darker solo albums than to the punk sound
of the Misfits. Best examples for this are songs like Speak
The Name Of The Dead, Snakes Out The Mouth Of Hell and Werewolf
Nation. My personal highlight on Blood & Ashes
then definitely is the last track Let The Day Begin. Not
only a brilliant cover version of an old Samhain song but also
a final and deep bow to the musical work of Glenn Danzig.
To cut it short – Blood & Ashes is a highly
enjoyable album with the mentioned slower songs clearly topping
the more speedy punk ones.