From Ashes Rise
In January of 1997, four basement walls in Nashville, Tennessee heard the embryonic first chords of From Ashes Rise. Fueled by the isolation of the small but tight-knit Hardcore Punk scene of the Southern US, the band, along with contemporaries His Hero Is Gone, would help usher in a new sound, influencing numerous international musical projects throughout the next 14 years. Drawing from a diverse pool of musical influences, ranging from the drop tuned darkness of Black Sabbath and the triumphant gloom of Amebix, to the furiously monotonous D-Beat of Discharge, they would blend these sounds with various stateside acts. Melding these European influences with material from the metal-tinged Southern crossover of Corrosion Of Conformity and the moody chaos of Neurosis, From Ashes Rise employed a dynamic songwriting approach, emphasizing musicianship while shunning excess. Backed by a unique tendency for melody in a minor key setting and frequent pace changes, the intelligently written lyrics of vocalists/ guitarists Brad Boatright and John Wilkerson screamed their gravelly angst over the pounding volume of Dave Atchison's drums. Possessing a live energy matched by few and a relentless urge to tour, the band would find themselves well received in the most strictly DIY sects of the punk scene, successfully crossing over to portions of the Heavy Metal and Alternative music scenes.
In 2001 the band relocated to Portland, OR, and with a shift in climate began work on the songs that would make up the Nightmares LP, released- to the surprise of many punk purists- by diverse indie label Jade Tree records. Continuing the lyrical theme of bleak social observations, and with dark but melodic musical framework, Nightmares would become the band's most polished release. In the few years that followed From Ashes Rise toured incessantly, and in 2005 found themselves imploding from the never-ending pressures and conflicts that naturally arose. Immediately following a tour with UK legends Subhumans, the band called it quits, and the four members went on to explore other musical endevours.
In late 2009,with countless tours, two EPs, a split with Swedish maniacs Victims, and three LPs behind them, Brad Boatright, Derek Willman, Dave Atchison, and John Wilkerson ended their hiatus and again rang the sirens of the apocalypse. Beginning with a show at Satyricon in Portland Oregon, and making stops in Montreal, Baltimore, Sweden, and Los Angeles, From Ashes Rise have finally proven the true meaning of their epithet.