Warhorse where a band from Boston, Massachusetts that played a mixture of stoner, sludge and doom metal and this is a review of their 2001 album "As Heaven Turns To Ash" and 2002 ep "I Am Dying" which will be re-issued on February 24th, 2015 as a single album by Southern lord Recordings.
Acoustic guitar playing starts off the album giving the music more of a mid 60's to early 70's feeling and after the intro the music starts going for more of a very heavy style of doom/sludge metal which they also mix in with stoner and psychedelic elements along with some melodic being utilized at times.
A good portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length and when vocals are added into the music they are very rough but have a melodic tinge to them at times and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the solos and leads that are utilized on the recording have a 70's doom metal feeling to them while still sounding very updated for 2001 and as the album progresses clean parts also make their return on a few tracks while a later song also brings in a small amount of spoken word parts and the 2001 album closes with a piano outro while the 2002 ep consists of 2 tracks that are very heavy doom metal.
Warhorse played a style of doom metal that was very heavily rooted in the 70's while also having the modern heaviness and aggressive vocals of the sludge genre during 2001-2002 and they also had a stone r vibe to them and the music would still hold up very well if it was released in the modern day, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover death, drugs, depression, and dreams.
In my opinion Warhorse where a very great sounding mixture of doom, sludge and stoner metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band, RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Doom's Bride" "Amber Vial" "Lysergic Communion" and "Horizons burn Red". 8 out of 10.