Ascending From Ashes hails from Bergen County, New Jersey. The band has really been together since 2007 when they were originally known by the name “Make It Fit”. Ascending From Ashes released their debut 7 song EP in 2012 that is well worth a listen, and in reality well worth a purchase. The album actually contains 5 songs, as two of the tunes are different edits of songs as “radio edits”.
This is a band that manages to showcase a lot of versatility in style in just five songs. The clear favorite for me is the tune “Asphyxiation” which is has almost it’s own progressive hard rock style that is like a little tiny concept album within a single song. Lots of twists and turns exist in “Asphyxiation” making it really cool tune highlighted by heavy riffs mixed in with some great harmonies.
A close second favorite is “Slings and Arrows” which is an acoustic tune in a completely different style from the rest of the CD. This is a great acoustic tune and once again, some really nice harmonies come through. The first two songs mentioned here alone make this CD well worth owning.
There are two straight forward rock tunes that are also very good in “Into the Mirror” and the first track “Henry St.” Henry St. is the heavier of the two tunes and features some pretty cool guitar work, especially in the first minute or so intro section of the tune. Both songs are rock solid tunes.
Last but certainly not least, for the headbangers out there, “Jimini Cricket” is a flat out heavy head banging tune that is completely different in style again.
Variety is the really cool thing to take away from Ascending From Ashes’ “The Phoenix” EP. Not only are the songs varied in style, but within the individual songs, there are constant style changes and musical departures that make this a really cool release. I am giving this EP a very strong MARR recommendation. We have not had the pleasure of seeing the band play live, but we are sure our paths will cross at some point.
You can see a live version of “Asphyxiation” at this link on the band’s YouTube Channel.
Ascending From Ashes has a lot of dates scheduled in early 2013 in the New Jersey and New York area. You can find them on their Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/AscendingFromAshes or on their website at http://www.afamusic.com