The ash borer is a parasitic moth found in the United States and Canada. It has partially translucent wings and a striped body that superficially resembles those of the wasp or hornet. The larvae of the ash borer hatch within the bark of lilac and ash trees; they survive by feeding on the nectar and sap of the wood, which destroys the structural integrity of the host plant. Due to climate change and human interaction, the moth’s habitat has spread. The ash borer is considered an invasive species and pest.1
The debut Demo consists of two tracks of Cascadian black metal. “Drukne” – named after the Danish/Norwegian word for “drowning” – has an alternating slow-fast/doom-black dynamic; it is a rather straightforward track. “Untitled I” bares a resemblance to depressive black metal and early Wolves in the Throne Room – the latter of which Ash Borer shares ideological similarities in environmentalism and leftism. Both tracks were recorded in low-fidelity, which may be favored by purists.
1. Drukne – (14:06) – ★★★☆☆
2. Untitled I – (10:40) – ★★★☆☆
[UPDATE 26 April 2016: Changed the overall rating from three stars to two-and-a-half stars.]
1“Utah Pests Fact Sheet: Lilac-Ash Borer,” Utah State University, accessed 18 September 2015, https://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/factsheet/lilac-ash-borer10.pdf