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A strong debut album.

City of Ashes is a newish band from Eastbourne, Sussex who after many years of touring since 2009 has released its debut album entitled 'All We Left Behind'. With only an EP in the bag before this album, the band has come up trumps with a very professional and commercial sounding effort. The band's style is symphonic metal with a youthful and earnest vocal approach and is different enough to get some serious media attention.

The songs are well played and the vocalist, Orion Powell, has a strong tenor voice and one not a million miles from Geddy Lee. James Macdonald plays some serious dropped "D" guitar riffs throughout the album and produces a relentless sound. A strong rhythm section also shines with Dan Frederick on bass and drummer Dan Russell and completes the quartet.

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Highlights of the album are actually the singles 'Falling Star' and 'In Retrospect'. The only concern I have about the album as a whole is the similarity between the melodies of some of the songs. Hard to actually pinpoint, but I did have déjà vu moments during the course of the album. In fairness, the band does purposely include some variety with light and shade moments, most notably in 'Brand New World' complete with a very dramatic vocal performance.

All in all, this is a strong debut album and I predict City Of Ashes will go from strength to strength.

Rob McKenzie

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