Last February I booked a noise show at the California Brew Haus in Rochester. In the process of booking this show, I came into contact with Matthew Jaime; a fellow noise artist, who happened to be on tour with his project Machine Moon. After the show, I looked over his stack of tapes that were on sale, and that’s how I discovered Fed Ash; another project that Jaime’s involvement was a big part of.
A couple weeks ago, I made a post on Facebook asking any musicians I knew to drop links in the comments to where I could buy their merch and CDs if they had any. The first, and only comment came from Jaime in which he linked me to the Fed Ash Bandcamp. I gave the most recent album, Diurnal Traumas, a listen and decided right then and there that I needed it. This album is noise, black metal, sludge, doom and grindcore all rolled into one. To make a comparison, if I may… I would say Fed Ash’s Diurnal Traumas album is Dragged Into Sunlight’s Hatred of Mankind, but from the United States.
There’s not one moment on this album that isn’t full of sound; full of something seemingly unnatural. It frankly scares the shit out of me, and that’s why I love it. I have an insatiable hunger for albums and films that move me in extreme ways; and that’s what this album does. The moments of HNW that are used in almost every track, describe the sensation I get when I’m battling my own mental illnesses. The vocals are piercing, and painful; bringing me to a place of reminiscence on my own suffering. The instrumentation brings it all together in this atonal, grinding, sludgy stew created to trap the listener and refuse to let them leave.
Fed Ash started recording and playing their first shows around 2018, but at that time they had a slightly different lineup than what appears on this album. Currently, their vocalist and lyricist is Allie French, a former member of If Hope Dies. Calum Calkins is the drummer, and also the person that approached Matt Jaime about starting the band. Jason Eldritch not only plays guitar in this project, but he also works with Jaime (who provides those incredible bass parts) on the noise sections and samples as well. Overall, it seems that amazing musicians from around the Ithaca/Central New York region came together with a similar goal in mind, and what came out of them was mind blowing to say the least. I’m very proud of them!
All in all, I highly recommend putting this album in your life. Unfortunately, I just saw that CDs are sold out, but you can still buy the digital album on Bandcamp; and I encourage you to do so!
Keep it heavy, comrades!
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