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wthn_temptation [01 Sep 2007|08:58am]

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Открылось русское сообщество для поклонников замечательной голландской группы Within Temptation.
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Projektfest [27 Apr 2007|11:20am]

sinsofthedove
Hi everyone! I don't know how many of you may or may not subscribe to the Projekt e-newsletter, but in case you don't, here's the latest word on Projektfest '07:

"Projektfest'07 will be held in conjunction with The Blacksun Festival at Alchemy, on Saturday afternoon August 11. The scheduled line-up is Nicki Jaine, Unto Ashes, Tearwave & Black Tape For A Blue Girl. Voltaire (with full band) will perform Saturday evening on the main stage at Toad's Place. By purchasing a ticket to the Blacksun Festival, you are also getting your ticket to see Projektfest'07."

Info and ticketing here!

I was at the festival in '03, and it was heaps and heaps of fun. Hope some/lots/all of you can make it!
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Reminder: Changes, Lindbergh Baby, As All Die + more live 4/21 [02 Apr 2007|03:22am]
remnantsaflame
It's almost here! Just a couple weeks away now!

A Night of Esoteric Folk Music and Apocalyptic Soundscapes

featuring

Changes
The legendary predecessors and elder statesmen of neofolk. Timeless, rousing, tuneful folk music ablaze with the Fire of Life. On Tesco and HauRuck!
see also:official Changes web site

The Lindbergh Baby
Heathen psychedelic folk, or "psychoactive folklore". Led by Scott Broderick of Blood Axis. Neuropa Records.

As All Die
Martial industrial + dark ambient + doomladen neofolk/neoclassical. Dying Empylver Productions.
see also:official As All Die web site

Life Toward Twilight
Chilling ambient soundscapes with neoclassical overtones.
see also: official Life Toward Twilight web site

Thomas Nöla et son Orchestre
"Ragtime for the modern epoch."
see also: Eskimo Films

And also featuring a short set of stark, ravaged acoustic compositions by
The Ancient and the Transmundane

Music before and between sets courtesy of DJ Heathen Panzer, host of Chaos Sedated on Radio Free Satan.

CDs and other merchandise will be sold by Tesco USA, so bring cash -- I know I will! ;)

Saturday, April 21st, 2007
upstairs at Eagles, 270 Pleasant Street, Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
7 pm (note time change)
$7 -- admission will be on sale at the door, but can also be reserved by e-mailing remnantsaflame@yahoo.com
21+
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[19 Feb 2007|11:47pm]
remnantsaflame
Figured this might interest some people here ...

A Night of Esoteric Folk Music and Apocalyptic Soundscapes

featuring

Changes
The legendary predecessors and elder statesmen of neofolk. Timeless, rousing, tuneful folk music ablaze with the Fire of Life. On Tesco and HauRuck!
see also:official Changes web site

The Lindbergh Baby
Heathen psychedelic folk, or "psychoactive folklore". Led by Scott Broderick of Blood Axis. Neuropa Records.

As All Die
Martial industrial + dark ambient + doomladen neofolk. Dying Empylver Productions.
see also:official As All Die web site

Life Toward Twilight
Chilling ambient soundscapes with neoclassical overtones.
see also: official Life Toward Twilight web site

Thomas Nöla et son Orchestre
"Ragtime for the modern epoch."
see also: Eskimo Films

And also featuring a short set of stark, ravaged acoustic compositions by
The Ancient and the Transmundane

Music before and between sets courtesy of DJ Heathen Panzer, host of Chaos Sedated on Radio Free Satan.

Saturday, April 21st, 2007
upstairs at Eagles, 270 Pleasant Street, Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
Doors at 7:30 pm, show starts at 8 promptly
$7 -- admission will be on sale at the door, but can also be reserved by e-mailing remnantsaflame@yahoo.com
21+
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New UA song on MySpace [16 Jun 2006|06:41pm]

sinsofthedove
For anyone who hasn't heard about it, the first song from UA's new album, "Songs for a Widow", can be heard at http://myspace.com/untoashes. The song is called "Occupying Force". I'm looking forward to hearing the rest of the album, based on this.

PS: I got this newsbit from the Projekt newsletter, so sign up for that for future updates.
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QNTAL + Unto Ashes: European Tour October 2006 [07 Jan 2006|03:02am]
remnantsaflame
[ mood | productive, organizational ]

Michael Laird asked me to repost this announcement, originally sent through the official Unto Ashes e-mail list (http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/UntoAshes/ for those who may not belong to it and would like to), to this community.

I had the pleasure of seeing Qntal at the August 2004 Dracula's Ball in Philadelphia. Personally, I have an aversion to mixing medieval music with techno (I am an EXTREME traditionalist and purist), but I found their performance to be solid, impressive, and all-around excellent. Their female singer is far beyond first-rate. Unto Ashes have long made known their respect for Qntal, so this really must be a dream come true for them. Here's hoping for some U.S. dates!

Commence reposting.
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QNTAL + Unto Ashes: European tour October 2006

Qntal and Unto Ashes have agreed to tour together through Europe in
October 2006. It is projected that the tour will consist of eighteen
dates (October 4-21) and will extend through Germany, France, Austria,
Switzerland, Belgium and The Netherlands. Arrangements are currently
being made by Qntal's management (Pendragon Entertainment Group).

Many Serpents are already acqainted with Qntal's astounding music, for
which please visit www.qntal.de -- Qntal's music is very popular in
Europe, and with good reason. A mix of medieval atmospheres and modern
technologies, Qntal is characterized by exquisite musicianship and
profound emotional range. Unto Ashes' "Frühling" -- a tribute to Qntal
-- can be heard on the newest Unto Ashes CD GRAVE BLESSINGS.

We are naturally thrilled by these developments, and we hope that all
Serpents will spread the word about the Qntal / Unto Ashes tour to
interested persons, fan sites, and online discussion groups. In the
meantime, we encourage everyone to experience Qntal (and/or their side
project Estampie) for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

With sincere thanks and best wishes,

Unto Ashes
New York City

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11/21 CBGB gig recap [24 Nov 2005|03:48am]

theentwife
[ mood | awake ]

Michael Laird asked me to repost here my recap of the 11/21 CBGB gig -- originally posted in this entry in my LiveJournal.

Here is the relevant excerpt from my entry:

Went to see Unto Ashes perform at CBGB's tonight. In a few days they start their European tour, albeit without Mariko, due to a scheduling conflict. Standing in for her tonight and on tour was Ericah Hagle, resplendent in a green and black dress that looked stunning on her.

This was my first time seeing them play live and it was delightful! They did a wonderful job performing pieces both old and new in a melange of favorites and rarities.

The set started off with "Serve Me" then continued with classics like "I Cover You With Blood", "Morte o Merce" and "Palastinalied" interspersed with selections from their new album Grave Blessings such as "In Memory of D'drennan". One of my favorites was their shimmering rendition of the Blue Oyster Cult classic "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" -- I considered that to be one of the highlights of the night. In a nod to the upcoming holiday season they also included a holiday-themed piece, "Krampusnacht", in the set before finishing off with an a cappella rendition of "Starvation Song".


There's more about that evening in my LJ entry, if you are interested in reading about it.


Persephone

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In Gowan Ring tourdates [10 Oct 2005|11:06pm]

sinsofthedove
The following information is posted on behalf of Michael Laird. If you don't know the band In Gowan Ring, they are really wonderful. Sadly, they're not coming anywhere near me on the tour, but you should definitely go if you can.

++++++++

::IN GOWAN RING AUTUMN NEWS::

PERFORMANCES IN CALIFORNIA, NORTHWEST USA, & NEW ENGLAND

Tour DatesCollapse )
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[01 Aug 2005|03:38pm]

scar_let
Here is a review I did for Unto Ashes' Grave Blessings:

Unto Ashes return with their fourth, and most eclectic, album to date. Grave Blessings finds Unto Ashes working at their most alchemical: with this selection of songs they mix diverse tonal ingredients in search of sonic gold. And more often than not, they find it. A fine example of what Unto Ashes is after this time around is the song "In Memory of D'Drennan" which marries a trip-hop beat to deathrock guitar, cold waves of synths, subtle male vocals, and accents of soaring neoclassical female vocals. In less expert hands that kind of experimentation would turn into a mess of disparate influences, but every song on Grave Blessings shows a perfect melding of styles. Dark folk rubs shoulders with neo-medieval danse macabre and foreboding instrumentals; every track blossoms into a monument of frightening beauty. This is one of the deepest recordings I have heard in a long time.

Originally posted here.
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Grave Blessings (SPOILER WARNING) [14 Jul 2005|03:15am]
remnantsaflame
[ mood | productive ]

I've had it in my possession since seeing them in Boston with Jarboe and Amber Asylum on May 22nd ... but in the time since, have been busy (work, school, travelling, my own band). Now that Projekt has released it, I thought it was high time I write someting about it. (This was also posted to the Unto Ashes Yahoo! discussion list.)

I've seen more than one person contend that this is their best album, and it just may be. It's diverse (a couple tracks surprised even me), but of course always stays true to the spirit of Unto Ashes, and is consistently very intelligent, musically speaking. It has fewer tracks than __Empty Into White__, which I think works in its favor -- the continuity is more focused. Here's some thoughts and observations regarding each track:

1. "Tous Esforciez" - The perfect initiation: the listener steps over the threshold into the album's ancient, spiritual, primal world. Very solemn and reverent in tone. This is the song that was performed at keyboardist Natalia Lincoln's wedding, which, back in October, her husband Tim provided me with a beautifully packaged self-released recording of. I believe that the mix has been perfected. The sound is fuller, deeper, vaster and more oppressing. Additional percussion, gradually integerated as the song progresses, has been added. This adjustment in the arrangement well-serves the song's momentum.

2. "Winter Born" - (Previously released at the end of last year on Projekt's __Holiday Single 2__). The ideal "next step" for the album to take. Retains the all-acoustic, primordial atmosphere of the first track, "upping the ante" with a quietly menancing tone and entrapping rhythms. Resplendent three-part harmonies.

3. "Tortured By Rose Thorns" - I've heard this song several times live, and was immensely pleased to hear that this recording began with ... evil acoustic
guitar played by Katherine Burke! At the first two shows at which this song was performed, it was instrumental and only about a minute long, consisting
only of this guitar part accompanied by percussion. A mighty song, to be sure ... the bombastic militant drums at the end are great. Note the sludgy electric guitar ... doom metal finally overtly rears its head in an Unto Ashes recording!

4. "In Memory of D'Drennan" - When I talked to him at the Boston show, Michael gave me a blow-by-blow description of this song. I have to admit that I was
a bit apprehensive about it; I prefer Unto Ashes to stick to neomedieval and apocalyptic folk, and am always uncomfortable with their occassional forays
into goth dance club music. I needn't have feared; everything about this track -- the well-produced electronic drum beat, the slabby low synth tones, the death rock guitar emulating Christian Death's Rikk Agnew (although it's not credited, Michael told me that he played it ... a first, him playing electric guitar!), the remorseful vocal melody, the transition into the acoustic passage featuring operatic female vocals, the percussive clanging sound -- is GREAT.

5. "Emptiness" - Long a live favorite of mine, Michael told me that he purposely had this very pure folk song follow "In Memory" so that there would be no question about where Unto Ashes' heart still lies. Most of the song is but Mariko's lone voice and Michael's bare acoustic guitar; it's astounding how much more than that it seems.

6. "The Turning" - A dissonant, "creepy" instrumental, comprised of piano and cello, in the fine tradition of the "Runic Calendar" tracks on __Saturn Return__ and "1914" on __Empty Into White__.

7. "Three Haiku" - Wow! Unlike anything I've ever heard from Unto Ashes -- or anyone else, really -- before. Very, very hard to pin down what's going on and describe. An extreme, richly melodic, harmonious wall of acoustic and electronic textures, including magnificent three-part singing. According to the credits, the words are derived from something from the eleventh century called "The Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, also known as the '100 Poems By 100 Poets'". The music was written by Michael and Link Bentko (whom I believe I met at Unto Ashes' performance at the Vampire and Victims Ball in Salem, MA in October 2003), who is credited for laying "balalaika" on this track; which instrument in the recording it may be, I cannot decipher.

8. "The Drowning Man" - (Previously released on the __Our Voices__ Cure tribute album). Michael told me that he'd tweaked the album mix, and it shows. As I said for "Tous Esforciez", the sound is "fuller, deeper, vaster, and more oppressive." Well-produced drums, exquisite, striking string arrangement. A scathing rendition that does justice to the oh-so-perfectly depressing original (from The Cure's __Faith__).

9. "If I Come to You" - A threatening, sinister dirge, defined by low-end acoustic guitar rumbling, frantic shaky percussion, sparse, brutal drum accents, and whispered lead vocals by Michael.

10. "Lesson" - I had a hard time trying to pin down exactly what this reminded me of. Something in the early years of Projekt, like Love Spirals Downwards, or Area. I could even hear it on an early Black Tape for a Blue Girl album, like __As One Aflame Laid Bare By Desire__. Then I realized: it has a very 4AD, This Mortal Coil, sound (except perhaps the droning "dark" passage in the middle ... which I can actually picture them doing, but not so starkly). Lovely, plaintive melody sung by Mariko ... very nice, sensitive electric guitar played by someone named Bart Farar ... withheld, textural strings.

11. "Four More Years" - Droning, cacophonious noise. Perfect bridge into the next track ...

12. "Four Loom Weaver" - According to the credits, an Irish traditional dated from the nineteenth century. Completely a cappella three-part harmony between Michael, Natalia, and Mariko, with a nicely integrated recording of rain and thunder. I dig the phrasing employed by this style ... the way the chords resolve. They actually began the Boston show by performing this; Michael pointed out to me that it was about starvation ... nice!

13. "Way of the World" - a surprisingly upbeat in tone folk song. Catchy vocal (sung by Michael) and flute melodies. Beautifully plucked acoustic guitar carriess the song; hammered dulcimer is eventually layered in.

14. "Fruhling" - Finally! I have a recording of this that I can listen to at will! And wisely, the arrangement -- appalachian dulcimer, female vocals, percussion, proclamative french horn -- has gone unalttered from all the live performances I've seen. A completely exhilerating song. Mariko's operatic
vocals are ablaze.

15. "Banishment Spell" - An aural ritual comprised of erratic didjeridoo and fiercely indicting, moaning, hissing, growling, and shrieking vocals, all credited to someone identified only as "G". Reminds me of something one might hear on an World Serpent album, like the invocations performed by Freya Aswynn on Current 93's __Swastikas for Goddy__.

Discuss away, everyone!

Ryan

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[14 May 2005|01:56am]

xveinsofglassx
[ mood | excited ]

Ok, I just listened to Winter Born, Tous Esforciez, and In Memory of D'Drennan and I'm in complete love with all of them. God, I can't wait for this album to come out. It looks like this may turn out to be their best release yet.

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Goth Prom next Thursday May 19th, Washington,D.C. [12 May 2005|08:21am]

secret_october
Tickets are on sale now via ticket master.There is always a lot going on at Goth Prom, here are some information below. I really hope that the ___untoashes fans will be able to see them at club Nation. This venue is a large venue and Goth Prom always packs the venue everytime we have one. Sorry for X posting, however, this is a cool flyer, and I hope that the ___untoashes does not mind me posting this for them.;)






Lostmoth's Baubles

Gothic
Boutonnieres $7
Corsages $12

Both with special commerative ribbon!

Also for sale- box purses and jewelry as well.


With DJ Shade, and special former Alchemy DJ Solaries on the concert side.
On the Club side, DJ 2501, Jen Lasher, and RasDna.

--DJ Solaries.
http://www.djsolaries.com
another event you can see me DJ at:
http://www.draculasball.com
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New Downloads; Tour [12 May 2005|02:03am]

witchinghours
I just got a message that "Winter Born" and "In Memory of D'Drennan" are now available for free download. They're over at http://www.untoashes.com at the "Media" section(for the album Grave Blessings).

I also recently got an updated schedule for the tour for Unto Ashes, Jarboe & Amber Asylum:

May 19th..........Washington, D.C. at The Nation
May 20th..........Philadelphia, PA at 5-Spot
May 21st............Albany, NY at Trinity Temple
May 22nd.............Boston, MA at Great Scott
May 23rd..................New York City, NY at Knitting Factory

More information can be found at http://myspace.com/untoashes and at http://www.thelivingjarboe.com
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[10 May 2005|07:20am]
morbidaddiction
[ mood | restless ]

Does anyone have 'duration of emptiness' in mp3/wma format that they think they can send?

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[02 May 2005|03:47am]

killer_eyes
[ mood | crazy ]

hey. i am a newbie.
i have been listening to unto ashes probably for a few years now since "serve me" came out.

i still love that song a lot,
and i would love to work with them musically in the future.

but bye!
the introduction is done!

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[26 Apr 2005|03:24pm]
morbidaddiction
[ mood | sleepy ]

I updated the layout and user info...if you have a suggestion, post it.

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Grave Blessings [21 Apr 2005|10:25am]

sinsofthedove
[ mood | sleepy ]

Any word on when it's being released? What's going to be on it? I'm hoping for an actual release of "Frühling" and perhaps "That's Where My Emptiness Goes" (or whatever it's actually called). Has anyone been to one of their shows recently, and perhaps heard any new material?

I've only just gotten around to accepting the name...Sounds like a Hot Topic comp.!

[edit] Okay, okay, so Michael has said something about June...I confess to wanting to see some activity here. Post, folks!

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Blood Axis [24 Mar 2005|07:47pm]

sinsofthedove
Out of curiosity, is there anyone of the 21+ persuasion on this list who is going/wants to go see Blood Axis/Changes/Dream Into Dust this coming Sunday (in New York)? It should be very excellent.

Blood Axis' website

See my journal for more on why I'm so excited.
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Palastinalied [11 Mar 2005|06:04pm]

sinsofthedove
Anyone have an idea as to which available recording of this is most faithful to the original? I like both the UA and Qntal versions, but would like to get ahold of a version that could possibly be arranged for a cappella (as I sing in a medieval/eclectic group at my college, and we're always on the lookout for music). The same applies, I suppose, to Frühling.

On that note, what do you think of the covers? Has everyone heard the versions by Qntal?
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[10 Mar 2005|01:41pm]
morbidaddiction
[ mood | blank ]

From fossil_dungeon

A Tribute to Uglakh CD Compilation was just released last week by Waerloga Records.



The compilation was developed as a background soundtrack for fans of fantasy roleplaying games. The release features "Exeunt Omnia" by Unto Ashes, a track from my own band (The Soil Bleeds Black), and others like Za Frumi, Autumn Tears, Atrium Carceri, et al. It's a well organized release and is worth checking out.

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[09 Mar 2005|11:06pm]
morbidaddiction
[ mood | indescribable ]

I don't know what is going on with the layout of this community. I've been trying to fix it but the background picture isn't showing up and I know I have the codes right, it's just when I made changes, nothing changes. So I applogize. I'll try not to let my problems with my personal life affect this community any.

Oh, and I sent an email to Michael from the band telling him about this community and he thanked me for it, and even put the link to this community on their main website page.

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[07 Mar 2005|04:13pm]

fuoconelfuoco
I saw the link for this community from the gothicmusic community and I checked out the Unto Ashes website and songs and I love it!

Thanks for making the community. I hope to learn more about the band.
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[07 Mar 2005|03:33pm]
morbidaddiction
[ mood | blank ]

If you would like to be a moderator of this community, please contact me. I will more than likely make you one.

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[07 Mar 2005|02:04pm]

umbrae
Fascinating. Unto Ashes has a LJ community. I just came over from the NIN community.
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[07 Mar 2005|02:40pm]

x_discarded_x
[ mood | hungry ]

hey. im new here....

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[07 Mar 2005|02:54am]
morbidaddiction
[ mood | awake ]

I made this community for the band Unto Ashes. If anyone wants to help moderate and/or promote this community, contact me.

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