From Ashes Rise – Rejoice The End/Rage Of Sanity 7″

From Ashes Rise - Rejoice The End/Rage Of Sanity 7"

From Ashes Rise – Rejoice The End/Rage Of Sanity 7″

Shrouded by the hardcore and emo surge in the early 2000’s, the crust punk scene remained vague and undiscovered to much of the “common household” ears. Hinged by philosophies of anarchy and DIY punk mentalities, the crust punk scene is known for being “gritty”, “dirty” and “political” – in almost every sense of these words – by encompassing darker, more negative connotations both lyrically and musically. From Ashes Rise, birthed amongst the Nashville crust punk generation, have since relocated to the organic roots of the Pacific Northwest in Portland, Oregon. With several LP’s and split EP’s under their belt, From Ashes Rise was in full force in the late 90’s and early 2000’s releasing their latest LP, Nightmares in 2003. They have released no new music since then and it is in full jarring fashion that they rise from what were seemingly ashes of a once shining punk machine to create new material entitled, Rejoice the End/Rage of Sanity 7” with a new and improved quartet. The two track 7” was released in the U.S. on July 17th via Southern Lord.

Approaching this review I was a bit skeptical on whether the nine years spent apart from writing and releasing music as From Ashes Rise would cause some rusty residue to build up under the hood of the “musical” vessel. However, I’m here to report to all doubters that their return –  not only to the airwaves but the tour circuit – has a renewed spark with driving punk guitars, visceral and near flawless screams and a rhythm section sure to instill anew your faith in the punk scene you loved back when bands like His Hero is Gone and Tragedy were in their heyday.

These two tracks are not muddy as some of this genre insinuates at times. They flow and give way to a matured, spacious, but still zealously raw crust punk sound that is alive and breathing after the lengthy time gap between releases. “Rejoice the End” has not only the accurately placed gang vocal section near the finale of the song but also the musicality and minor chord qualities characteristic of the crust punk genre. “Rage of Sanity” explodes aggressively with feedback and a distortion riff to then be joined by a classic punk drummer fill to cue the rage for the next two and a half minutes. With creative energy brewing and rising to the brim, From Ashes Rise have seemingly taken on the outlook that artists, like a fine wine, mature with age. From Ashes Rise is certainly not peaking with Rejoice the End/Rage of Sanity 7” and is darkening the doorways of the scene once more and not going quietly.