Straight out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania is a band that went from being relatively unknown locals to taking over stages worldwide in a blink of an eye. Meet From Ashes To New (Matt Brandyberry – vocals, guitars, and keys, Chris Musser – vocals, Branden Kreider – guitars, vocals, Lance Dowdle – guitar, and Tim D’onofrio – drums). They are today’s Cinderella story of Rock. By that I mean they escaped the small town life, 9 to 5 jobs, everyone telling them that their music would not work and to get a real job, to a world touring band. Through blood, sweat, tears, endless dedication and a member change, From Ashes To New has arrived with their first full length album. Save the date February 26th for their debut album “Day One”. Here’s a sneak peak of what you will hear on this album.
The best music comes from life experience, whether it is pain, love, defeat… well you get the idea. Every song on “Day One” is the result of real life. You can hear the heart in the music. Each song not only shares the pain but it shares the passion and desire to make it, giving hope. The songs are more anthems for those of us who feel trapped in a life that we do not want. Here are a few of my favorite songs from the album.
The track “Downfall” starts out very aggressive musically, and for me that is a bonus. It is heavy from the start. It is not just the music that is hard hitting, but the lyrics make a meteoric impact. They are angry and hopeful at the same time. The story of this song will easily relate to people who feel stuck and need a push to stay positive.
“Breaking Now” is a great mix of both vocalists (Matt & Chris) that complement rhythms with the end result being another smash hit. From Ashes To New is Metalcore with a huge can of hip-hop fusion creating their unique, one of a kind sound. Imagine Hollywood Undead & P.O.D. infused with a contemporary Metalcore music track.
“Every Second” is a bit softer… at least for this album, but don’t let that scare you away if you prefer it hard. It is the music that is softer but the vocals hit with a power punch into the ears. One singer with the voice of hope, the other the voice of anger… both sides of the coin. I love the way that From Ashes To New is so vocally powerful. That is not to take away from the rifts and top notch rhythms of the band.
“Through It All” is the breakout single that has put From Ashes To New on the radio and got them on huge tours. Just listen and you will not be surprised. This song captures the sound that sets From Ashes To New apart from other bands.
I was lucky enough to see this band take the stage at festivals in 2015 like Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville, FL and on tour with huge bands like Papa Roach and Five Finger Death Punch. Recently they also just got off a tour that traveled all the way to Japan where they played to full houses.
Be sure to get your copy of “Day One” out on Better Noise Records. You can check this album out on Pandora Premiere as well. Not only can you be a fan by getting the music, but you can hit up your radio station to play “Through It All”. You can currently hear it on IHeart Radio and on SiriusXM Octane’s “Big Uns” countdown. Guess who has been at the #1 spot on this count down? That’s right “From Ashes To New”. Be sure to see this band when they hit a stage near you.
Written by Melissa & Wes Anderson. For more album reviews, interviews, exclusive live pics & more, check out http://www.ROCKwellMag.com