Meltdown





Have Ash really been with us for over 10 years? Itís amazing to think that ìJack Names The Planetsî was released in 1994, but itís the plain truth. Now, Downpatrick, Northern Irelandís chosen boys, with their London lass in tow, have issued their fourth long-player in Meltdown and itís exactly what fans would want: searing guitars, sing along choruses, and enough tempo to make you jump around your room or find yourself suddenly driving 90 MPH. The dueling guitars and vocals of Tim Wheeler and Charlotte Hatherley are what Ash 2004 are all about and songs like ìClones,î ìOrpheus,î and the title track showcase this point perfectly, their axes evidently under a scorched earth order from on high. Riffs emanate from every corner as the rhythm section of Mark Hamilton and Rick McMurray lay down a driving bottom end. Itís not all pedal to the metal, though, as they break it down a bit on tuneful rockers like ìStar-Crossed,î ìEvil Eye,î and ìRenegade,î while the bandís punk-pop roots shine through on pogotastic jams like ìOn A Waveî and ìOut Of The Blue.î The past decade has proven Ashís worthiness on the world stage and Meltdown is further evidence of this phenomenon. If itís raging guitars and hooks by the boatload you seek, your quest has ended. Spread the word.

Ash
EastWest

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