(Andy Synn kicks off 2022 with the highly-anticipated new album from Australia’s Ashen)
As I’ve stated before, 2022 was a good year for Death Metal. Occasionally a very good year for Death Metal. But not necessarily a great year for Death Metal.
That being said, there were definitely some albums which hit harder, and aimed higher, than others, and if Ashen‘s debut had been released in December of last year (as it was originally meant to be) it definitely would have ranked among them.
As it stands, however, Ritual of Ash has the distinction of being the first truly great Death Metal record of 2023.