HUMAN ASHTRAY – Exile
The Spanish outfit Human Ashtray is a rather intense and aggressive affair. Spawned back in 2004, this 7-track album entitled "Exile" is the band’s third full-length assault. This new one is pretty fucking insane and violent, but it lacks coherence and great songwriting. The music hovers somewhere between deathcore, grind, and death metal. Lots of crazy riffing, breakdowns, over-the-top vocals, and extremity all around. Following a horror-filled and sinister intro, the first proper track named "The Last Lines of Exile" is pretty cool, but the quality of the remaining songs vary quite a bit. To cut a long story short, the songs range from mediocre to decent and further on to entertaining. The highlight of the album is the vicious and diverse "Post Mortem Nihil Est", so if nothing else you ought to check that one out.
"Exile" does have its moments, but the songwriting leaves something to be desired in that many of the songs do not stick even after having listened to them quite a few times. In that sense, it is neither solid nor cohesive, but, like I said, it does boast a couple of wicked tunes. If you have had an extremely stressful week at work or a fucked up day then maybe this disc will do the trick for you if you need to let off some steam.