“If enough people put an ear on this (Ashes of Iron’s debut), I believe these
guys could be huge. I’ve listened to this album many times, and it’s a huge
breath of fresh air, one of those albums that will stand the test of time”
A cold February in Sunderland 2011 saw Ashes of Iron hit the studio to record their debut album with Neil (The Beast) Bassett. With desire and dedication, the eleven tracks were done, fine tuned and polished ready to be sent to the states to be mixed and mastered. Jason Groves (Asylum on the hill/Supafuzz) at Sneak Attack studios in Lexington Kentucky used his expertise along with David Angstrom (Hermano/Asylum on the hill) to add depth to the mix and master the huge sound they were looking for while adding the polish to a debut to be proud of, and proud they are.
Ashes of Iron are five strong and a passionate song writing force. Playing melody driven heavy blues rock with wattage and vigour. Their aggressive yet refined sound is organic, expressive and expansive (with a hint of blueberries). Ashes Of Iron live shows are all about the groove, the energy and the intensity, the duelling guitars tuned down to a thunderous growl, the pumping bass, 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 song structures is what makes them unique to the bands of the same calibre. With some great support slots under their belt(Therapy?, Viking Skull, Brant Bjork, Desert Fest) the London debut for Ashes of Iron could not have been written any better, opening up for John Garcia plays Kyuss at a sold out Electric ballroom.
Now the album is complete, 2012 is set for promoting the album and working with creative visual minds. Videos for Pharmacopoeia and Sanefull pushed Ashes Of Iron’s reputation further, spreading the word, showcasing what they are about.
A mini tour of England and Scotland happened in August, kicking off at the Green rooms – Perth 17th, Bannermans – Edinburgh 18th, Trillians – Newcastle 24th and ending in their home town Sunderland August 25th at the Borough. More shows are to be added throughout the year including a stop at an all dayer in Birmingham on November 10th ,a headline slot at Noise Fest 16th Nov and a headline slot at the yearly BunnyPunk festival on December 1st (one of the last shows to be put on at independent Sunderland before it gets closed down). The album thus far has had strong online critical acclaim from respected online music blogs like Ear munchies(USA), Born again nihilist(Ireland), Ninehertz(UK), Stonerandmore (France) and Manifesto Sunderland. Along with regular radio play and praise from Spark fm and the track Martyr appearing on the cover mount CD for Metal Hammer.
For more information, promo request or to set up an interview contact:
Tom Hoad: 07917533432 Alan Greener: 07402755296