In a pale moonlight scenery the howling werewolves roam across the open fields, gazed upon the romantic poets writing fables about eternal duels between the human canines and the bloodthirsty winged rodents... vampires, Nosferatu.
When the night turns to day, the full moon sets behind the horizon and the monstrosities have gone into hiding from the blazing sun, then the storytellers cast their webs of fantasy into the young minds who cannot tell where truth and fable cross.

Carved in Ashes is a troupe of these romantic minded poets who tell their story about the beauty of vampire love and bloodthirst.
In all honesty, the musical output and lyrical themes don’t quite match, but the end result is none the less skillful.
The vocals have an exotic feel due to the singers accent, but it falls perfectly in with the stereotypes created by Bela Lugosi and followed up by Leslie Nielsen among others.
The singer keeps mostly to a restrained output, but the occasional break out into a more aggressive and powerful singing really brings levels to the material.
The music is rich of different influences and the songs are brilliantly built, still the impression afterwards is somewhat lame.

The romance and vampire antics feel naive and out of place for me, but when shutting out the lyrical concept many sections are highly enjoyable.
A special note goes out to “Midnight Solitude” at 2:22 where I get chills and a strong Nightingale reference.

Still when the day is over and Vlad Tepes escapes his coffin to feast on more human blood... and music of Carved in Ashes has played for its 25 minute span, I’m left thinking that the music needs more ‘cojones’.

7˝ / 10