Thrash metalcore act Solemn has been around since 2003 and Solemn has confirmed to be one of our next lineup list in Hammersonic 2020. Kept consistently busy, turning out promo CDs yearly from 2005 through 2007, as well as penning a couple of tracks for the Ultimate Metal Fest compilation that was released in Taiwan in 2008 to coincide with the staging of the one-off festival. Following the album’s release later that same year. Cool, huh?
The three-piece act, consisting of vocalist/guitarist Bruce, bassist and backup vocalist A-Si, and drummer A-Dai, have released a split CD with Usepentosing, featuring two Ashen tracks, that came out in 2008 on Psychoyouth Records, and a four-song EP, entitled “H1NI,” that was put out independently the following year. The tracks range from oozing molasses sludge to blast beat death metal territory, with the typical socially conscious grindcore lyrics serving as an earnest accompaniment for Ashen’s brutally honest, no bullshit grind. Ashen takes the audience back to that watershed moment in the incubation stage of UK grindcore in the eighties when punk got its dirty little claws on some metal bands from Birmingham and beyond, cut itself into their flesh, crawled its way into the open wound, and courteously sutured the gash shut behind it with a rusty clothespin and razor wire.
This is another small sampling of what the Taiwanese metal scene has to offer.
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