Mounds of Ash
2010 debut album from the NYC-based Metal outfit. Since their formation in 2007, Castevet has built quite a reputation within the underground scene. Delivering on the promise of their vicious live show, the trio's 2009 single 'Stones/Salts' was a virulent mix of Post-Hardcore and dissonant Black Metal that sold out immediately. Mounds of Ash is Castevet's debut full-length. Recorded at the Thousand Caves Studios with Colin Marston, this punishing offering expands on their prior output in all respects-taking influence from the avant-garde elements of mid '90 's Norwegian Black Metal bands like Ved Buens Ende and Fleurety, and classic early 90 's Metalcore groups like Rorschach and Deadguy. The album solidifies Castevet's standing as one of New York's most promising Metal bands alongside like-minded acts Krallice and Liturgy.
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AMAZON, please fix this!
Once you listen a few times and the riffs start to make sense and worm their way into your skull, there's no turning back. I don't think there is any one band to compare Castevet to, but there are definitely strains of Unwound, Failure and other darker 90's bands mixed into the black metal cauldron. One could also say Deathspell Omega, Krallice and Leviathan can be heard in here, along with some Intronaut and "early" Mastodon (mainly the drumming). All in all, i can't say enough good things about this record...simply amazing and i can't wait to see what they do next.