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Between Furious Clouds
The Closing
(She is) Awakening


Translated from Finnish as “Echoes,” Kaikuja is aptly titled, for its dense-yet-spacious soundwalls bear a rich ‘n’ reverberating strength. Trace elements of black metal and doom exist once again, but are further spliced with the DNA of drone, sludge, and even post-rock, making for a heady (and HEAVY) brew that’s seemingly served up with ease by ASHTAR. And even more so than the debut, for a band that’s “merely” a duo, these five epic-length songs emit an almost-impossible density, bewitchingly revealing new layers with each listen. And at nearly 40 minutes, the landscape ASHTAR paint here is far more vast than that compact runtime suggests.

Open your ears and receive the resounding echoes of ASHTAR’s Kaikuja!


releases May 15, 2020

Marko Lehtinen - Drums, Guitars, Vocals
Witch N. - Vocals, Bass, Guitars, Violin

All songs by Ashtar.
Lyrics by Witch N.

Produced by Ashtar.

Recorded by Ramon Vaca at Helium Records in Basel/Switzerland.
Guitar sound assistance by Simon Jameson.
Vocals recorded by Mäthe Imboden at OSA Crypt in Greifensee/Switzerland.
Mixed and mastered by Greg Chandler at Priory Recording Studios in Birmingham/UK.

Logo by Antï Graphic.
Front cover painting by Amunra.
Band photo by Martin Graf Fotografie.
Artwork and Layout by Valkenstijn.


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ASHTAR Basel, Switzerland

Ashtar is a duo from Basel, Switzerland, formed in 2012 by members of swiss doom bands Phased and shEver (Witch N. left shEver in 2013). They create an intuitive, intense hybrid of down-tuned archaic riffing, heavy bass and desperately sick vocals with layered, eerie-saturnine melodies, telling about abyss and beauty, melancholy and chaos.
Ashtars debut Album "Ilmasaar" is released in 2015.
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