Source: Lordsofmetal.nl

From The Ashes, once started as a one man band, then with a full line-up on the 2012 demo, and now with their full length (sic) debut a one man band once again. Peter Reedijk treats us to a nice serving of melodic black metal with keyboards playing a big role without it ever becoming symphonic. The keyboards and Terry Stooker’s (Tragacanth) voice combined make for a dark and evil atmosphere. Never does it get sugary sweet, in spite of the keyboards, which is a trap many bands in this genre fall into. As a point of criticism, the drums are fairly monotone, probably because a drum computer was used. Since Peter does everything himself, it doesn’t have a very organic feel, which could be fixed if there would have a full band surrounding him. Regardless of that, The Final Incarnation is a more than decent debut and I am curious to see how From The Ashes will develop from here.

 

In the original Dutch:

From The Ashes, ooit begonnen als eenmansband en op de demo uit 2012 een volwaardige band en nu op het full-length (sic) debuut weer een eenmansband. Peter Reedijk komt met een pot lekkere melodieuze black metal op de proppen waar de keyboards een belangrijke rol spelen zonder dat het symfonisch wordt. De keyboards in combinatie met de stem van Terry Stooker (Tragacanth) zorgen voor een lekker kwaadaardige en naargeestige sfeer. Nergens wordt het suikerzoet, ondanks de keyboards, waarvoor hulde. Menig band wil nog wel eens in die val trappen met dit soort muziek. Puntje van kritiek zijn de nogal eentonig drums. Ik neem aan dat het hier een drumcomputer betreft. Omdat Peter alles zelf doet hier komt het af en toe niet al te organisch over. Ik denk dat dit euvel met een volwaardige band om hem heen verholpen kan worden. Ondanks dat is ‘The Final Incarnation’ een meer dan redelijke debuutplaat geworden. Ik ben benieuwd hoe From The Ashes zich verder ontwikkelt.

Source: Brutalism.com

What started out as a band at some point has become a one man project From The Ashes, “The Final Incarnation” is the first EP following one demo. From The ashes play black metal in it most palatable form which might rub some purists up the wrong way but personally I love it. It is atmospheric and extremely melodic, one thing that stands out immediately is that the keyboards which sound more like strings but I assume since they couldn’t use a real drummer they certainly didn’t use an orchestra! But the guitars are mainly in the background here. ‘Echoes From Oblivion’ brings to mind “Hammerheart” era Bathory, it has that majestic feel with the big orchestration backed by big power chords finished off with typical tortured black metal vocals. All the songs are infectious and have some strikingly beautiful moments. It’s not exactly brutal or heavy as such but it has that feeling that can only be found on a black metal album.

‘The Tremble Before The Fall’ could easily be found on a Dimmu Borgir album and with that being said If this band ever got some major label backing I can see all these songs played backed by a full orchestra and I bet it would be fucking amazing! Not the most original band by a long shot but this EP shows that Peter Reedijk can pen a decent song hopefully this will be picked up by a decent label or maybe he will be picked up by a bigger band? Both the potential is there and hopefully this will develop into something very special.

Personally I’d like a bit more shredding but if you like atmospheric black metal in the vein of middle era Bathory or later day Dimmu Borgir, be sure to check this out.

 

Rating: 4 / 5

Today is the release of The Final Incarnation, a six track EP available only on Bandcamp. After years of continuing line-up changes, it feels great to finally unleash these songs upon the world. This record has a dark and atmospheric vibe and a raw edge that makes it very unlike most “new school” releases these days.

Great thanks go out to my wife and family of course for being an endless source of support and inspiration. Also Terry Stooker of Tragacanth for the killer vocals. Florian van Tuil at FirmPro Studios for mastering. Raymond Aubri for laying down two of the bass tracks, Paul Backers and all other previous FtA band members for their collaboration and for the good times.

Download your copy of The Final Incarnation now for just 5 euro’s, or stream it for free over on Bandcamp. Your support is deeply appreciated! I have already started work on a follow-up for this EP so updates on that will come out when the time is ripe.

Get ready for the first taste of the upcoming EP The Final Incarnation! Today I am proud to share the lyric video for The Tremble Before The Fall. The EP will be released on December 19th, and it will be available on Bandcamp for just 5 euro’s. This atmospheric, melodic vibe with a dark and raw sounding edge is what you can expect from all songs off of the EP, so I hope you all dig it.

 

As mentioned before, FtA is now a one man project, meaning that I have taken care of the instruments and orchestration myself. I have had to enlist some help for the vocals though. So here’s the face behind the vocals! Terry Stooker from Tragacanth has supplied some killer vocals for The Final Incarnation. It’s been awesome collaborating with him, and his work has truly blown me away. Check out his band (they will release their first album this month as well), and stay tuned for the first fully finished song very shortly.

Terry Stooker

The upcoming EP will be titled The Final Incarnation; you may remember the artwork from our Everyman King / Everyman God t-shirt design. The shirt is still available in several sizes by the way; check the store. The tracklist will be as follows:

1. The Cleansing
2. Echoes From Oblivion
3. Full Circle
4. Cutting Through The Darkness
5. The Tremble Before The Fall
6. The Dawning Of A New World

You may remember The Cleansing and Echoes From Oblivion from our 2012 demo, but they have been re-recorded with some added orchestration, so don’t expect a bland copy of what you already know.

the final incarnation

We’ve been quiet for years, but not idle. From the Ashes has been given a new breath of life, but as is so often the case, this new beginning also marks an ending. Paul and Ray are no longer part of the band, which leaves FtA as it once began: a one man project. After the many line-up changes we’ve had in the past, we’ve been unable to find a way to make this band work for all three of us and this has lead us to the difficult decision of going our separate ways.

In the mean time, I have been busy recording our material (and becoming a father for the first time, which is part of why this all took a bit longer than expected), to be released as two separate EP’s. Recordings for the first EP are finished, and the tracks have been mastered at FirmPro Studios by Florian van Tuil (from Shade of Hatred). Just figuring out some last details now, and the release should be before the end of the year.

Over the next couple of weeks you can expect some more info and of course a taste of what’s to come.

It was tough to see Paul and Ray go; I thank them for the great times we’ve had being in this band together and of course I wish them all the best for the future. At the same time it feels good to know that these songs are finally about to be unleashed.

/ Peter

From The Ashes

100 stories: Musicians – Peter Reedijk
Source: Cassetteculture.com

Please introduce yourself:
My name is Peter Reedijk. I am 31 years old and I am from The Netherlands. I play guitar in a black / death metal band named From the Ashes. So metal, with its wide variety of subgenres, is also my music of choice, although I certainly don’t limit myself to metal alone. Favorites are symphonic black, melodic death and pagan metal. Basically I want it to be loud, well-executed and well thought out.

What is the craziest thing you experienced because you are a musician?
I wouldn’t say it’s a direct result of being a musician, but with my former band we once did a photo shoot at a cemetery, after dark, and we ended up surrounded by police on 3 motorbikes and 1 car. Turns out the place had been vandalized just the week before we went there, so they pretty much had the site under surveillance.

How did your love for the guitar start?
My father had a guitar lying around the house, which was definitely a big part of it. Then hearing rock or metal music for the first time and seeing the big, over-the-top stadium shows, back then it started with Guns ‘n’ Roses and Metallica, made me want to join the fold. I started out playing acoustic when I was about 10 years old to get the basics down and switched to electric a few years later. I must have been 14-15 when I first stepped on stage.

Do you play any other instruments as well?
Not really. I tried my hand at piano and keyboard for a very short time, but that didn’t work out. I’ve always been pretty focused on the guitar and although it’s fun to pick up a bass or drum sticks once in a while I’ve never pursued actually learning to play anything else.

What is the first song that you remember playing?
I built up slowly, so it went from traditionals on acoustic guitar, to simple rock songs until I guess the first actual song worth mentioning would be Metallica’s One. I performed it on stage with a friend – just guitars – at a high school cultural event, which featured mostly harp players and violinists. Ours were the first electric guitars there and we actually had some people plugging their ears with their fingers and leaving. So we chalked that up as a success.

Who has been your biggest inspiration for your music/ your play?
Hard to say. I guess when I just started playing that was Slash. Later on you pick up influences wherever you can find them, but I would say out of all of them right now Chuck Schuldiner (Death) is the main inspiration to mention.

How did you set-up your current band?
After my old band split up I always kept playing and writing music, but it wasn’t until around 7 years later that I decided to form a new band. I had some songs that were ready to go and there were no bands around that fit the mold of what I was looking for, so the obvious solution was to start something new. I bought some equipment to make a basic home studio and started recording – guitars, bass and drum tracks. No vocals yet. I had a logo made, developed a website and set up social media profiles. So I had my band and the response was pretty good – I just didn’t have any members.

I contacted an old friend, Paul Backers. We grabbed a few beers and I told him about the concept of From the Ashes. Even though we live 2 hours apart, that’s where the collaboration started. Other band members were added via our network or by searching and advertising online.

Can you describe how you write songs?
It usually starts with a couple of riffs or a general idea. Sometimes they lie around for months or even years until I finally find out where I want to go with those concepts. I kind of have to get into the flow of a riff and then writing out the basic outline can sometimes take a couple of hours, but again – sometimes months. Then adding harmonies, transitions and other details. The finishing touch is always bringing it into the rehearsal room and seeing what the other guys come up with. Nothing is holy, so we always urge one another to take a spin on our ideas.

Many times I would have music and lyrics that I feel have the same kind of vibe. But that leaves our singer to figure out the vocal lines and that can turn out to be a bit trickier than it seemed in theory. So now we’re trying to develop music and lyrics at the same time rather than approach them as separate entities.

What is the first cassette or album you ever bought?
Guns ‘n’ Roses, Appetite For Destruction, was the first CD. As for cassettes, I remember picking up Clawfinger’s Use Your Brain once when I was on holiday.

Do you prefer to play at home, in a (recording) studio or on stage?
I definitely prefer playing with the band to playing at home, but it’s a close call between being on stage or in a studio. On stage you have the energy of the crowd of course – getting a good response is really amazing. But in the studio you can hear your hard work coming to fruition; you’ve written the music, rehearsed it for ages and then finally you get to hear the end result. To me, that’s equally gratifying.

Are there any musicians (alive) you dream of working with?
It has taken so long to find the band that suits me exactly and we’ve had so many line-up changes that I prefer not to dream about working with other artists – I’m focused on making things work with From the Ashes as it is now. With these guys we all understand each other, and there is chemistry so now we can finally work towards fulfilling our ambitions. That is not to say I would skip on the opportunity to work with anyone else of course, but I’m happy with the way things are going now.

What is it that you still want to learn?
Mostly I just want to keep developing, both as a guitar player and as a composer, to improve technique and learn some new tricks, but also to get better at songwriting. Everyone can come up with a cool riff, but it’s the harmonies, orchestrations and song structure that make good music.

What is it that you think everybody should know when playing guitar?
That’s hard to say, because you could spend a lifetime studying music without ever picking up an instrument, and a lot of that knowledge can really help your playing and writing skills. But what it all boils down to is that it has to feel good in your gut. There really aren’t any rules in music anymore, so trust your instinct – and if it sounds good, it is good.

Is there any other passion in your life?
In my personal life there is my wife, first and foremost, with whom I can thankfully share my passion for music. Besides that: writing and philosophy – which are also incorporated in my music, since I use the fruits of that labor as inspiration for lyrics. Our lyrics are an important part of the band’s identity and they deal with the place of man in the world and universe, and with non-religious, or rather anti-religious, spirituality. These are subjects for endless contemplation and discussion, but also an endless source of inspiration for writing and lyricism. When I put my thoughts into prose I use that for my blog, The Everyman – when I put them into poetry, I use that for song lyrics.

What are your dreams for the future?
There is so much left to accomplish that I tend to split my dreams into different stages. First I would very much like From the Ashes to acquire a steady spot in the national underground scene. Of course I also dream of playing large summer festivals or going on tour, but at least being in a black / death metal band I can be realistic enough about not quitting my day job anytime soon to make music.

If there is anything you want to add, this is your spot:
Thanks for setting up this cool project and it’s an honor to be a part of it. I hope that some of your readers will check out my band’s music and that they’ll dig what we’re doing.

Source: Brutalism.com

From The Ashes (not to be confused with the one from the U.S. that plays Heavy Metal) debuts with their first demo, ‘Destruction’s Dawn.’ These Netherland Black Metallers have plenty of melodic blasphemy in them as they open listeners to a soft – yet deceiving – classical introduction that sounds very much like how Cradle Of Filth would open their music. Eventually the first track, “The Cleansing,” shifts into a heavier section of crushing riffs that are still heaped with melody and are often backed by keyboards. Indeed considering the rather mid paced shriek of the vocals one could say From The Ashes takes a few cues from the more popular Symphonic Black Metal bands out there such as very early Dimmu Borgir. Thankfully, the band reaches from numerous influences rather than just one to design their music. “Echoes From Oblivion” includes acoustic sections that lean nods towards fans of Keep Of Kalessin, and doesn’t rely on the keyboards as heavily while still keeping the guitars in front as a focus of the music all around. Of course they come back later on tracks like “Crush The Fallen,” but From The Ashes uses an excellent technique at solidifying the riffs into just solid chugging while the keyboards play which creates an excellent contrast that is most certainly headbang worthy. Overall from the looks of things it seems like they do a great job at blending Fantasy Metal with Black Metal, so fans of either sub genre will probably find these guys quite inspiring.