Ancient Warfare | The Pale Horse (Alias)

ancient-warfare 75The album is a highly-charged collection of dark tracks, full of sincerity and raw feelings.

 

 

 

This summer sees the debut release from Lexington, KY quartet Ancient Warfare. The Pale Horse is an eclectic collection of melancholy tunes fronted by singer/songwriter Ecko Wilcox. The songs are primarily the creation of Wilcox’s lyrics, combined with an ethereal sound courtesy of Emily Hagihara on drums and keys, Rachel Yanarella on violin, and Derek Rhineheimer on bass. The album is dark, sparse, and melodic.

Vocally, Wilcox is sublime, pulling emotion from some lyrics but repressing them on others. Mixing rock and alternative with a pop approach, the album is personal with lyrics that speak of an emotional apocalypse, shattered dreams, and lost love. When the violin intertwines with the melody, the results are chilling.

With a stark production, courtesy of Duane Lundy, the album sucks you in from the beginning and never quite lets go. From the opening track, “Darlin’,” the tone of the album is melancholy yet inviting. Sporting eight tracks, The Pale Horse is dramatic in all the right places. This release is poignant and thought-provoking. It delivers a dark feeling, intertwined with a little hope.

Overall, Ancient Warfare has offered up a deeply stirring platter of emotion. The album is a highly-charged collection of dark tracks, full of sincerity and raw feelings. The Pale Horse makes for a good listen on a rainy day. B | Marc Farr

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