City Of Ashes – “Then There Was A Hand In The Darkness”

City Of Ashes – “Then There Was A Hand In The Darkness” EP (

Hailing from a sleepy seaside town in England comes the oddly named CoA, whose album title conjures up thoughts of Trail Of The Dead, but instead are far more mainstream if still in the alt / post hardcore genre. Initially starting as an acoustic duo, they’ve evolved into a 4 piece who’ve spent the last 3 years touring with the likes of bands like Skindred, Fei Comodo, Exit Ten, Shadows Chasing Ghosts etc. Despite being youthful, what immediately jumps out on songs like ‘Hourglass’, ‘A Calm Like Lethargy’ and ‘Falling Star’ is the superb musicianship – from Orion Powel’s powerfully straight from the heart vocals, which sometimes are quirky sorta like the guy from La Dispute but being soulful, to James Macdonald’s cool guitar work that at times is like a purring pussycat before unleashing emo punk pop licks in fits of impassioned adolescent infatuation! With esteemed producer Matt O’Grady (You Me At Six, Deaf Havana, Don Broco and millions more) at the helm, the band have benefited from a professional sound that has primed both their musicianship and those killer melodies!

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