“City of Ashes – The Art of Opacity Post-rock City Of Ashes are one of the best bands to come out of Eastbourne in recent years, and their song “The Art Of Opacity” from their EP When Black Fuels Blood, with its poetic lyrics, fantastic drumming, and machine-like start is probably their best song to date. Built to be played live its opening, with its whining guitars and punk inspired drumming, harkens to a dark and distant future. As the song gets going it sucks you in, and you can’t help but instantly love it.”
“Their fuckin' brilliant music. They make a beautiful combination of Rock, Alternative, Indie, and Post Hardcore to create something seriously worth listening to.”
“Eastbourne post-hardcore gods City of Ashes are making a name for themselves of late with features in the media on both sides of the pond. With fame fast approaching it really is advisable to grab the chance to see these guys while you can. Leave it too late and you’ll be paying a lot more than £2.”
“With explosive energy. And heart on your sleeve performance. Post hardcore band city of ashes live show is gaining more and more notoriety.”
“Their outlook and their music both seem to give the listener a reason to turn up the colour, and step away from the beige.”
“As I sat and listened I felt myself becoming enthralled by the music, the fact that my ears were crying out didn’t seem to bother me as I watched angelic-faced Orion screaming like a mad-thing (something that has to be seen to believed).”
“City Of Ashes dive into a blistering rock sound with 'The Art Of Opacity'. It stretches into moments of metal, but with lots of melody to balance the more cacophonous moments. 'In The Cold Light Of Day' is a muted rock ballad with some bonus additional screaming in the later sections. The record ends with 'Between A Rock And Her Razor', which is almost a skate-punk anthem from the Drive-Thru era. ”
"When East first reviewed City of Ashes last year, it was on the back of the Eastbourne newbies' surprise appearance in our Best Bands in the Region poll, and before they had any studio recordings to their name. Now touting debut EP When Black Fuels Blood, the band has emerged as an ambitious, fiercely emotional young rock group. City of Ashes are at their best when letting rip en masse (The Art Of Opacity)
“Eastbourne-based heavies who serve up a cocktail of bludgeoning riffs, InMe-esque singalong choruses and enough caustic energy to tire out a Duracell bunny.”
“The band launched into “In the Cold Light of Day”. This one featured a nice acoustic line supported by a heavy underscore and – wonderful – a short solo post-metal section. City of Ashes. For me, they were the find of the night.”
“The opener “The Art of Opacity” sounds as if Hawkwind are warming up before heading off into a very accessible rock number with an old-fashioned sounding guitar lead and pretensions to Hardcore. The lyrics are unspeakably dark and don’t clear much up – the art of opacity, indeed.”
“All in all, a fantastic EP from City Of Ashes. This is a band who like to experiment with their genre, not letting themselves be tied down to one way of playing.”
“City Of Ashes fire-up the heartfelt emo/punk and bring some Sunday night heartache down to Camden.”
"They're building a solid reputation for themselves by knuckling down and working hard at it. This also comes across well in the music - melodic yet heavy rock, these guys are worth a listen and definitely worth dropping in and seeing them play."
"The first band on were City of Ashes who were are head line act but open the evening with some excellent sounds"