Hostile Architecture

Ashenspire - Hostile Architecture
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2022 Ratings: #47
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Hostile Architecture is one of the most desperate and most miserable sounding albums I've found this year, and this comes to me as a surprising fact. I was expecting some extreme metal stuff akin to, for example, Imperial Triumphant, but this is a bit different, and even more interesting.

Bands like foxtails or Black Country, New Road have already incorporated elements of classical music into rock this year with great results, but Ashenspire has composed something unique and magnificent that ... read more


what it sounds like to finally snap.

you tap away your alarm on your phone in the morning, and are greeted by a headline about a new instance of police brutality. over the radio on your commute to work, you hear talking heads praise the latest bits of legislation killed off by the governing party. you notice a new set of homeless spikes on the ground outside of your building, below spraypainted dogwhistles that have sat untouched for months. your manager mentions in passing that your ... read more


Hey kids, want a distinctly Scottish, impressively bleak and chaotic exploration of how brutalist and utilitarian architecture of cities under late capitalism can trigger intentional psychological damage to the underclass, all through chugging progressive black metal nearly swallowing the horns and strings? That’s Ashenspire’s second album for you, with a solid improvement in production since their debut to make riffs nastier and textures sharper, though the drum mixing can still be ... read more

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Track List

  1. The Law of Asbestos
  2. Béton Brut
  3. Plattenbau Persephone Praxis
  4. How the Mighty Have Vision
  5. Tragic Heroin
  6. Apathy as Arsenic Lethargy as Lead
  7. Palimpsest
  8. Cable Street Again
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Added on: July 15, 2022