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Following 2014's "Solens Vemod", "Jord och aska" is the second full-length album by Sweden’s Nasheim since the band’s inception in 2001. It represents, in many ways, a refinement, maturation and realization of much of the potential and promise hinted at in the earlier works.
With sole member Erik Grahn’s compositions and performances now
being enhanced by graceful, beautifully recorded strings and the powerful drumming of David Ekevärn, "Jord och aska" reaches higher peaks and plumbs deeper depths than its predecessor. It is an ambitious, intricately crafted, painstakingly detailed journey of over 40 minutes of continuous, thematically interwoven music, moving effortlessly between hopes and dreams, oppression and despair.
Though its Nordic Black Metal roots remain distinguishable, "Jord och aska" paints with progressive elements of Doom Metal, Gothic Rock and Nordic Folk music to achieve a fuller palette of sounds than before in its approach to Nasheim’s particular, misty sonic landscape.