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Equal parts brutality, melody and the ethereal, Minneapolis 4 piece, Ashbringer's black metal metamorphosis began in 2013 as the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Nick Stanger. Several releases and tours later, they have perfected their craft on their 3rd full length and Prosthetic Records debut album, Absolution. Stanger got a very early start in music, forming his first band and playing out at age 15. After discovering the likes of Agalloch, Alcest, Fen and others, he decided to start writing and recording for a solo project that would incorporate elements of those bands and become Ashbringer's first album, Vacant. That album was self-released on Stanger's label on April 8th, 2015, which also marked his 18th birthday. Stanger comments, "I kind of thought it would be symbolic to mark my transition to adulthood both literally and musically, as I felt like that album took a lot of discipline for me to make, and artistically it felt like the most 'mature' thing I had ever done" Ashbringer subsequently signed to forward-thinking Italian extreme metal label Avantgarde who reissued Vacant and the band's following 2nd album 'Yügen' which was described by No Clean Signing as "both storming and hypnotic, ferocious and beautiful, with a mix of barbaric and clean vocals." The album also appeared on a few "Best of 2016" lists with Metal Sucks saying "This is art, molded from thin air with discerningly patient hands practicing nothing less than the absolute mastery of a craft. With so goddamn much to appreciate about this album, you better as fuck stop reading and start listening!" From these roots comes 'Absolution' - recorded by the band, with Kris Hilbert (All Hell, Between The Buried and Me) mixing and Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Portrayal of Guilt) brought in to master.