If I ever had a new aria to learn I would listen to Gedda first in order to make sure I was “doing it right.”
Garrett Harris 4 p.m., Feb. 27
Genre: Metal | Hardcore
Sound description: Death metal music to murder your parents by.
RIYL: Damcyan, Mercyful Fate, Oneirogen, Ruines ov Abaddon, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Cannibal Corpse, King Diamond, Decapitated, Carcass, Opeth, Behemoth, Bloodbath, Hypocrisy, Behemoth
Inception: San Diego, 2012
Influences: Bloodbath, Hypocrisy, Entombed, Dismember, Edge of Sanity, Grave, At the Gates, Strapping Young Lad, Opeth, Decapitated, Behemoth, Death, Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura, The Faceless, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Amon Amarth, Obscura, Mercyful Fate
“I think I can accurately say we’re a melodic death-metal band, heavily influenced by progressive and black metal,” says Ben Wilson, drummer for death metal band Ashen Earth. Founders Jeff Meredith and David Cox, inspired by Swedish and Polish DM bands, formed the group as an answer to the lack of European-inspired DM in the San Diego scene. Taking hints from bands like Bloodbath, Hypocrisy, Behemoth, Decapitated, and their kin, their melodically formulated (and frequently brutal) sound can be defined as both progressive and traditional.
The band plays unpredictable but engaging metal reminiscent of locals Ruines ov Abaddon, whose rhythm guitarist Pat Sissom joined Ashen Earth. The band was rounded out by Bryant Furman and John Cordes. Cordes was later replaced by Ben Wilson.
2016 found the band in the studio working on a new full-length with new bassist Collin Adler replacing Bryant Furman.