- Melodic Gothic Metal
- bestaat uit:
- 6 personen
- komt uit:
- Den Helder
- Danny Bouman, Gitaar/Grunts/Vocal, Den Helder
- Melanie van Hoof, Vocal, Den Helder
- Daniel Woort, Gitaar, Den Helder
- Louis Carlebur, Drums, Den Helder
- Robert Blokdijk, Keyboard, Den Helder
- Maurice ter Velde, Bas, Den Helder
The band started in August 2004. Their first gig was in January 2005. The band had a good start to gain more shows in and outside their hometown. With a few changes in the bands formation, in the year 2005, they kept on writing new song and did shows from the top to the bottom of Holland.
In October 2006 the band released their first Demo CD containing 5 songs. They combined their Demo presentation with the new line of merchandise T-shirts. Two of the most important gigs were the finals of Noord Hollands Glorie and the prestigious Popprijs 2006 awards, competing against 20 bands; they were awarded the first prize.
In 2007 the band wrote a title song for a Dutch horror movie "The Fading Horizon", directed by Ranil Gort. The movie will be shown at the Dutch Movie Festival in 2008.
By now, Ashen shared the stage with bands like: Asria, Autumn, Trisomy and Annatar, which will probably sound familiar to the ears of many people.
At the moment Ashen is recording an album at Nemesis studio in Den Helder. It will, hopefully, be finished at the end of this summer.
Their music is best described as "Melodic Gothic Metal" with its many melodic keyboard lines, the classical singing of Melanie, grunts, heavy and dynamic drums, earthshaking bassguitar riffs, and heavy melodic guitar lines.
Inspired by bands like After Forever, Nightwish and Cradle of Filth, the band created their own sound through the diversity in their shows, which is, next to a powerfull wall of classical underlined guitarviolence, a strong visual appearance in which frontwoman Melanie forms a striking center of the confident, energic band.