More than three years have passed since the release of The Great Adjudication by the Australian band Claret Ash, and even longer since Fragment One of this two-part album first appeared. But the memory of it hasn’t dimmed among those of us who became captivated by it. As our own Andy Synn wrote in a review accompanying our full premiere in April 2018, there’s “a plethora of blackened brilliance on display across the length and breadth of this album”, evoking comparisons to the likes of Wolves In The Throne Room, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, and early-2000s-era Gorgoroth.
The planet has been engulfed in turmoils of unforeseen nature and scope since The Great Adjudication, and it appears that Claret Ash have themselves changed, at least in their line-up, yet The Great Adjudication lives on as a formidable example of riff-heavy aggression melded with soul-stirring melody. As a reminder of what a fine album it was (and is), and perhaps as a sign of something new brewing in the Claret Ash bastion, we’re today presenting a brand new video for a tumultuous yet also captivating track that appeared on Fragment Two of The Great Adjudication — “Like Tears In Rain“.