Ash Of Eden a combination act of metal and hard rock, was born in 2009, fast forward several years later, and in 2017 they would release their first full-lengthalbum "Lost Souls". Also releasing an official music video of the single titled "Magic No More" off it. More newer music is underway, with shows occurring here and there, with everything else falling in-between them. The band goes into chatter about their latest material, all new works, and plans for the future.
1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
We got together back in 2009 in Muscle Shoals, AL, through a craigslist post and began writing songs. It was all our first time writing music so it was really fun learning to write together, but we didn’t really get started till around April of 2012 that’s when we recorded our first EP "The God Complex". Flash forward to 2017, and we were recording our current album "Lost Souls" and gained a pretty steady line up with me (Alex Rivers) on vocals, Jsmoke Whiteside on guitar, Blake Austin on bass, and Bret Gore doing drums, and writing our synth parts.
2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?
It’s from an old Star Trek book called "The Ashes Of Eden". It wasn’t so much the subject of the book that intrigued me to using it as our name so much as the mental imagery it gave me. I’ve always been very visually oriented. Makes me think of like the nuclear fall out of a paradise gone wrong. Which is kind of romantic in a way to me.
3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We’re from Muscle Shoals, AL, and the scenes kind of split between extremes. Like everyone here is either really heavy, or really indie acoustic types. It’s really odd being a band that falls somewhere in the middle. We’re too heavy for the hipsters, and too rock for the deathcore kids. As for local acts you should check out Vaalbara, or Echoes Of Creation. Those guys are all super dedicated, and have super polished albums.
4. How would you describe your style?
It’s a mixture of everything really. It’s a little thrash a little post-hardcore, with some pop, and rock through in there for good measure. It’s really a testament to how different each band member is. We like to experiment with different sounds all the time, but the overall vibe of the album is something I think fans of bands like My Chemical Romance, Black Veil Brides, or Falling In Reverse would like.
5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?
You can find our works here: https://ashofeden.bandcamp.com/album/lost-souls. But so far we’ve released our album "Lost Souls", and a music video for our single "Magic No More" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdQZystKWKw, and we try to keep the energy going so when you listen to the album it’s a pretty consistent roller coaster the whole time. Most tracks lead straight in to each other, and there’s a bit of a running theme of loss of innocence, dreams, and struggle it’s about life really.
6. Do you have any new music in the works?
We’ve already started working on our next album, not really sure what to call it yet, but we’re planning on dropping it next year!
7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?
Right now we’re mostly playing anywhere and anytime we can. We’re gonna plan a tour next year once we’ve developed our social media presence a bit more.
8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?
Well we’re working on a second music video for "Lost Souls" right now for our song "Death", and then we’re working on our second studio album as well. So we’re definitely gonna be keeping up the new stuff flying out.
9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Well you can find us at;
Bandcamp at https://ashofeden.bandcamp.com/album/lost-souls.
YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdQZystKWKw.
10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?
Definitely the atmosphere, and lyrics. "Lost Souls" is a concept album about growing up. It’s a coming of age story filled with all the trials, and tribulations of such. I feel like anybody can really connect with that.