And Hell Followed | Empire of Ash

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Empire of Ash

by And Hell Followed

Pure Black Thrash.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Black Metal
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1. War On Heaven
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2. Bathe in Blood
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3. Empire of Ash
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4. The Great Old Ones
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5. Darkness
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6. Crown of Liars
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7. I Am Legend
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8. Eye For An Eye
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9. Twilight of the Gods
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Born of blood and blasphemy, AND HELL FOLLOWED was spewed forth from the empty abyss of North Eastern Colorado in the late winter of 2005 from the diseased minds of Peter Slivkanch and Derek Malone.
The need was mutual: to bring forth a musical holocaust that would express the hatred, discontent, and disgust felt for the human race and the world. Or simply to declare war. Preparations were made and writing commenced immediately for what would become the first full length release “Empire of Ash”.

The incantations that followed could only be described as brutal and unholy. Local friend and blasphemer Bryan Romero was soon recruited to complete the current lineup. The end is here...

This is pure black thrash.


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TerrorgasM Nekrofvkk from DARKSOUL7.com

Damn... this band is not fucking around!
Damn... this band is not fucking around! And Hell Followed is a vicious, mad beast of metal and malice; and this album grabs you right by the jugular and shakes you 'til the room is soaked in blood. Blackened Death-Thrash with undertones of Impaled Nazarene, Aura Noir, Behemoth and Dark Funeral is the prevalent sound, delivered with a pristine production that brings out the full range of each instrument.
Formed just last year, AHF is a tight and furious unit, each song on this album develops and shines through with new, interesting elements like the deep sinister narrative vocals that come out of the deep umbra on "The Great Old Ones" (My favourite track), and the keyboard synths that appear occasionally to add a creepy dimension.
Total misanthropy and vitriol for religion and mankind's ideals sharpen the blackened edge here, and the vocals are growled with tangible spite though remain clear enough to understand what's being said... some of the lyrics are rather clichéd and juvenile though, like on "War on Heaven" but hey how many times have you heard different metal bands condemning religion? Still this is ear-catching, heavy and evil so if you aren't put off by stuff like Slayer, Morbid Angel, etc then you should have no problem getting right into this.
"Eye for an Eye" and "Twilight of the Gods" close this album off with sick-ass scream-along style choruses and chugging riffs, so i was inclined to replay the cd a couple times, with headphones tearing into my eardrums. Definitely a soulscarring experience, just the way Metal should be. Hails!

Night Ritual Webzine nightritual.com

Angry, blasphemous black metal.
Well if there's one thing I will never grow tired of, it's angry, blasphemous black metal.
AND HELL FOLLOWED unleash a solid debut CD full of heavy, aggressive riffs that will appeal to death metal and black metal fans alike. The vocals are a high raspy shriek that have a spitefulness that can be felt by the listener. The vocals can be understood which
is something I liked.
Overall this CD is great, especially for a debut. It has good, clear production, and well written songs. I think it will appeal to fans of ANGELCORPSE, BEHEMOTH, DARK FUNERAL, and so on. If you find yourself bored of albums with lots of 'atmosphere', put
"Empire of Ash" in. It's an album that comes out swinging hard from start to finish.

Noah Richards Vampire-Magazine.com

Remarkably self-knowing for such a young band
I guess a testament to the spirit of And Hell followed can be heard on the opening track of their debut LP, 'Empire Of Ash': 'War On Heaven' is not a dark ambient intro, nor some slowly developing wave of violence, but an immediate, abrupt tornado of programmed double kicks and tremolo riffs. A three-piece outfit from Colorado, And Hell Followed is another addition to the rapidly repopularizing black/thrash movement. However, the incorporation of thrash here isn't designed to elicit nostalgia from Hellhammer fans, but to deftly excise any pretense of atmosphere or epic instrumentation from this work. 'Thrash' here isn't a genre, but rather a descriptive term; it's a concise way of referring to music without themes greater than here and now.

Swaggering, cocky riffs alternate with wild-eyed tremolo picking over the perpetual cascade of synthesized drums, while a sardonic war chant echoes overhead, indoctrinating the audience in what else but satan. Nine tracks, thirty minutes, zero attempts at hypothesizing on the role of god and black metal in modern society. Perhaps one could say And Hell Followed is the ultimate old-school, evidenced not by any artificial primitivity on their part but rather a clear and present disregard for melodies palatable to the average consumer. The delightful little sub-three minute burst of 'The Great Old Ones' evidences that, unique through it's utter intention not to be, rather than a sample from some 80s teen sex romp.

And Hell Followed is day-to-day tunes for the extreme metaller: it epitomizes that spirit of transgression through a seemingly casual confluence of instrumentation and (apparent) conviction. 'Empire Of Ash' is an album that slipped from the fingers of these three men, devoid of overanalyzation in an age of Pro Tools abuse. You could discuss things like 'Darkness''s flirting with industrial in greater detail, but to do so would be missing the point of such a release, which is to deliberately not be interpreted as such. Decide now if the idea of extreme black/thrash in a modern style (not for Aura Noir fans, most likely). If you like the idea, purchase it and give it not another thought. This album commands you not to.

'Empire Of Ash' is a very metal album. To paraphrase a fellow reviewer (though he or she was referring to Cryptopsy): And Hell Followed is what people who hate metal hear when someone mentions the genre. Fast, brutal, and totally illogical: the way metal was, is, and always will be to a greater or lesser degree.

Dave

Insane blasphemous/misanthropic metal!
Wow, this CD is good. A combination of old school trashy death metal and staright up black metal. This CD is fast and brutal, fast ass guitars and wicked vocals, seriously EVIL. Picked up this CD and haven't put it down!

Kris

awesome, ear-splitting, metal
this cd is wonderful!!!
there is nothing bad to say about it or the artist.
5 stars is and understatement i give it 10 stars!!

Pestilence

Black/Thrash in the unholiest form!
Honestly, I couldn't be happier with this release. And Hell Followed brings that speedy, thrash element to the board with raspy/black metal vocals and an atmospheric feel that truely shines throughout. The tempo changes from song to song so that everything does not sound identical, the result of superior writing and arrangment. The production quality does it justice as well. I recommend this to anyone who loves black metal but craves a little more energy and American tradition to the sound. This album had it right, and I can't wait for the next one.