Speak Not of the Laudanum Quandary

Ashenspire - Speak Not of the Laudanum Quandary
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Angry Metal Guy

Ashenspire’s Speak Not of the Laudanum Quandary is a definite grower, with only a single track (“Fever Sheds”) serving no purpose.

Metal Injection
This is a band who, if they could tighten themselves up at the seams could be one of the best in their genre, but for right now leave me with just too much to pick apart.

Damn, I was kinda disappointed by this after loving Hostile Architecture. Oh well, can't wait to see where they decide to go in the future as a band anyway! Hopefully their next album will be as good as the last one B)

Restless Giants - 8
The Wretched Mills - 7.5
Mariners at the Perdition's Lighthouse - 7
Grievous Bodily Harmonies - 7
A Beggar's Belief - 7
Fever Sheds - 7.5
Speak Not of the Laudanum Quandary - 8

Favourite tracks: ★ Restless Giants, Fever Sheds, Speak Not of the Laudanum ... read more


After listening to their 2022 effort (that I find absolutely phenomenal), I decided to check out Ashenspire's previous works, and their debut album reached my expectations.

Speak Not of the Laudanum Quandary shares many similarities with its successor in terms of sound and composition, but the band opted for focusing more on their black metal influences rather than their progressive ones. This project feels like a lesser version of Hostile Architecture, with an almost fully fleshed out formula ... read more


This album represents, on the most wicked way I've heard in my life, the life's immesurable tragedy of people who lives under the worst consequences of social + financial inequality, the unstoppable fight for power between politics drowned on bigotry + ignorance and blindness and the biggest failure of capitalism.

Through the most harrowing performances, you can feel the emotional breakdown and faithlessness these people have gotten throughout several years under these conditions and it's so ... read more

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Track List

  1. Restless Giants
  2. The Wretched Mills
  3. Mariners at the Perdition's Lighthouse
  4. Grievous Bodily Harmonies
  5. A Beggar's Belief
  6. Fever Sheds
  7. Speak Not of the Laudanum Quandary
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Added on: June 8, 2020