Burn It Down E.P.

Anthems In Ashes are a heavy rock band from Canada, releasing their debut E.P. 'Burn It Down' in 2017.    
Unexpected, surprised and astonished was I when I first heard Canadian heavy rockers Anthems In Ashes. 'Her Fire', the opening song off their debut E.P. was also the first song I heard by them, and as it opened with a piano passage and a soulful warble by singer Harley Olivia, I did think to myself the widely and possibly over used three letter phrase "WTF". After just one minute I was prepared to skip to the second song when suddenly, and without warning, crash, bang and fucking wallop...a guttural roar, full of howling aggression, and one of the beefiest riffs ever, sees 'Her Fire' become a savage, heavy hitting snarling romp. Packed with punk-ish attitude and an abrasive, raw sound, 'Her Fire', brings to mind bands such as Devilskin, Fire Red Empress and Lola Black. Bombastic and chunky, 'Her Fire' furiously storms on with a fierce vocal delivery.    
The level of aggression remains at a high, as 'Follow You Down' steam rollers its way into view, flattening anyone or anything that gets in its way. Heavy, attitude laden rock has never sounded so good, as Anthems In Ashes proceed to inject a catchiness that will crack a big smile on your face, and have you singing along to the addictive chorus break. The bands lead singer Harley has one helluva vocal range and dominates the E.P. such is her presence. With more beef than a field full of cows, 'Stealing Names' is a huge slab of monstrously heavy riffs. The levels of aggression and passion oozing from 'Stealing Names' are equal, complimenting each other perfectly.    
The savage aural assault is spellbinding and is an absolute pleasure to have it inflicted upon me. And I don't mean that in some form of bizarre sadistic BDSM torture. The heavy rocking groove that runs throughout the E.P. is addictive and memorable, and will leave a permanent impression upon you, just like the masters of heavy groove Pantera did with their 1992 release 'Vulgar Display Of Power'. 'Ghost I Know' drops the beefy bombastic attitude, replacing it with menace as it builds towards a titanic crescendo, foot stomping forward with purpose and intent. Still wrecking ball heavy, 'Ghost I Know' packs a punch that even the top heavy weight boxers in the world would find hard to defend. At six minutes plus, the final song 'Hunger' is, by far and away, the longest song on offer, and blends the sounds of the previous four songs together, all in one mighty monstrous package. Up tempo and lively, 'Hunger' is head noddingly addictive modern heavy rock, delivering a savage slap to the head. The chant style chorus will have everyone screaming "feed my hunger" at the tops of their voices, as 'Hunger' majestically ambles on to an end.    
Overall, aggressive and attitude laden heavy rock, full of beefy riffs and thunderous rhythms that will have you hooked from the moment the E.P. roars into life.    
Review By Iron Mathew Collins    
Reviewed For Metal Gods TV