German metal band Arven made me an instant fan with their outstanding debut Music Of Light two years ago, an album which seamlessly blended a few different genres together to create one of the most memorable albums of 2011. Now with their sophomore release Black Is The Color, they’ve only gotten better and their music has only gotten more diverse, to the point where you really can’t give an accurate description with just one genre, or even two genres. Maybe three or four genres could cover it, but even then, you would be leaving certain aspects out. However, what matters is that they managed to blend everything together fluidly, so it’s an album where it’s easy to love everything about it.
There really isn’t anything negative I can say about this release. It’s such an enjoyable listen. It’s refreshing, it’s different. It’s just downright cool! I like it more every time I listen to it. And that’s saying a lot considering I really liked it the first time I listened to it. The songs are well written and the guitar work is brilliant from beginning to end
ASHTONES play a very simplistic iteration of dirty punk rock, that makes no compromise and will rock your bones all the way through to the end of the album, taking influence from the punk bands to come before them, I can hear bits of SEX PISTOLS and THE RAMONES mixed with a bit of the latter day punk rock sounds of bands like RANCID and BAD RELIGION.