Originally released as a 12" in 1988 fir Minotauro, "Ash" acted as a watershed between the transitional record "Opera 4th" (Minotauro, 1987) and "Life and Death". In a few words, in this mini-Lp markedly rock stylistic elements coexist with other more experimental ones, joined together without smearing, making the record unitary and not dispersive. "Eternal Flame" and "Electroshock" are exemplary of Paul Chain's idea of speed-metal.
The psychotic "Electroshock", in particular, is quite original in its unfolding and with its almost experimental coda. "Image Down" and, especially, "I Remember a Black Mass" (his own personal Black Sabbath "Lord Of This World", complete with death knell at the end) represent once again his firm doom roots, the genre from which the guitarist comes. Paul Chain, fortunately, does not forget to be above all an imaginative composer (unlike many of his "metal" colleagues) and puts his best creative qualities in the instrumental "Abyss", where, in addition to gothic music, some influences from the most disparate come together, from the continuum of Ligeti (the sound bands of the organ) to the sacred music of Arvo Part (in the pseudo-choral parts) to the military marches of Laibach. This Minotaur reissue also features two added tracks.