Might as well start off with the most important aspect of this album and thatís definitely the instruments.The guitar riffs and tremolo picking definitely have the biggest effect on this demo. They are used to create one hell of an atmosphere. When you hear some of the riffs on this album, theyíre going to put you in a trance like state. Now with only two songs on this album, the first being about 14 minutes and the second being about 11, youíre going to hear the riffs repeated plenty of times. Now for some black metal bands repetitiveness can be bad, well thatís not the case with Ash Borer. The riffs are extremely catchy and will stick in your head long after you listen to this album. Drumming is pretty standard for a black metal album. Now with atmospheric black metal you should know that itís all about atmosphere (obviously). The drums arenít really meant to stand out over the guitars and they really donít, but itís not like itís the same beat over and over. Thereís enough variety in the drumming to keep the listener entertained for the whole 25 minutes of the demo. Fast and slow parts are present on the album and the drums vary with that.
Vocally the album is pretty unique. Now the first thing you need to know about the vocals is that they arenít at the forefront at all. Theyíre very low in the mix and you have to listen hard to even hear them under the riffs and the drumming. Even with that being said, the vocals are extremely well done. His voice is extremely high-pitched and what he does probably canít even be considered a scream. Itís more like a high-pitched howl of agony or pain. Thereís plenty of emotion in this guyís voice and he executes it extremely well into the music. Like I mentioned though, you have really sit down and listen to the album closely to hear his voice at all because itís buried beneath the wall of sound that the guitars give off."