Monday, May 28, 2012

Ashes of Iron - (2011) Ashes of Iron

It is all about the groove, the energy and the intensity, the dueling guitars tuned down to a thunderous growl, the pumping bass lines, the addictive choruses and melodies that can be so subtle and subdued, then in an instant smash you in the face. The direction Ashes of Iron take to manipulate these grooves and chosen chord patterns is what makes them unique to the bands of a similar caliber and combined with passionate and super tight live shows this is why they are one the Northeast’s favorite heavy rock artists.

On March 14th 2008, Ashes of Iron first took the stage to a packed out venue in Sunderland. An astounding first show for the band made them come to realise that they weren’t your everyday band. Opening for the likes of Brant Bjork and the Bros,Viking Skull, Firebird and Gentelmans Pistols are highlights of what Ashes of Iron have achieved so far to date, whilst being personally asked by Therapy? To open for them at a sold out show at Newcastle’s O2 Academy shows that there is something about this band. Dave Ling writing for MetalHammer confirmed they sound like a concrete brontosaurus! and described them as “Pissed Off Retro Rock” The band very much approved.

In 2010 Ashes Of Iron played their London debut at a sold out electric ballroom show supporting Garcia Plays Kyuss and another show with fellow Kyuss/Fu Manchu man Brant Bjork at Leeds cockpit six days later.

2011 has been about recording their debut album, which has now been mixed and mastered in Kentucky by a couple of underground rock legends, Jason Groves & David Angstrom (SupaFuzz, Asylum On The Hill/Hermano)

Ashes of Iron's self titled debut album is a welcomed kick in the shorts. Full of poisonous riffs, balls the size of church bells and an ever growing intensity not found in many bands in the genre. If enough people could put an ear on this, I believe these guys could be huge. Boasting a slick production and a cool deluxe jewel case, this is essential listening and should be in everyone's music collection. You can download the full album on Bandcamp or contact the band directly for a physical copy. I've listened to this album many times, and its huge breath of fresh air, one of those albums that will stand the test of time.

~Adam Walsh

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