I've been able to monitor the musical creation of FROM THY ASHES from their very beginnings and if there is one thing that has been continually there was the perpetual rise in quality.
In the beginning the Waiblingen-band still waded through the undefined Gothic and Co.-waters, just to re-direct their musical approach to more traditional sounds. I claim that "Harbinger" (great title, by the way) is the most mature and best release of this band so far. A breath of sadness and melancholy surrounds the three compositions, which should make every Power and Melodic Metal-fan cry out in delight.
Earlier progressive facets are gone, replaced by the good song itself. This does not imply, of course, that their songs have deteriorated into banality, quite the contrary, technique and song-writing-skills have effectively been combined to simply create good songs. "Harbinger" for sure is the highlight in the Power Metallic Underground, not only musically, but also when the design is concerned.
And FROM THY ASHES also prove that it is possible within this genre to write lyrics, which are neither clichéd nor embarrassing - FROM THY ASHES are great!
Contact: Sebastian Schult, Geissberg 13, D-71334 Waiblingen. E-Mail
Guest review by Thom Kinberger