Ashes to Omens Delivers Energetic, Straight-Ahead Hard Rock on Debut LP
Every so often, one may find themselves craving some raw, no-nonsense heavy rock and roll – the kind of music that dispenses with gimmicks and superficialities in order to reach straight for the heart of the everyman - and that’s just what Athens, Georgia’s Ashes to Omens provides on their eponymous debut album.
The eight track LP is chock full of monolithic mid-tempo hard rock riffs, anthemic (Slash-esque) guitar solos, and gritty, commanding vocals with the ideal level of attitude and energy for the genre. Lyrically, Ashes to Omens focuses on themes of personal and relational struggle as well as social unrest, and this results in a blood-pumping, but generally uplifting listening experience.
Album highlights include “Prayers for the Weak”, which stands out chiefly for its string section-driven pre-chorus, “The Walls”, a bluesy number which features intriguing imagery, and the aggressive closer “Demon in a Bottle”.
Groovy and gruff in the best of ways, Ashes to Omens is a solid first effort from a local hard rock group that seems to be on a mission to provide something memorable to the masses. The band has promise, and I look forward to hearing more from them in the future.