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    Fri, 08 May 2015 13:05:07

    EP of the Week: From Ashes To New -

    Lancaster, PA six-piece churn out a scorching four-song hybrid of rock, rap, and more with 'Downfall.'

    From Ashes To New take EP of the Week with Downfall. Their first official four-song set for Eleven Seven Music stands out as a tight amalgam of heavy metal, alternative, hip-hop, industrial, and a danceable electronic swing. All of these pieces form an intricate, yet infectious musical puzzle that raises the bar for modern "Hybrid Theory"—as we like to refer to it in the rock ‘n' roll world. They strike a synergy between genres that's as fresh and fiery as it is focused.

    The Lancaster, PA six-piece—Matt Brandyberry [vocals/guitar/keys/programming], Chris Musser [vocals], Dan Kecki [guitar], Branden "Boo" Kreider [guitar/vocals], Garrett Russell [bass], Tim D'onofrio [drums]—blast out of the gate with something special and solely theirs too. Within this landscape, the only combinations we get these days are the old one-two punch of metal and hardcore or a sprinkling of emo. This isn't that. This is something decidedly new, while nodding to the last golden age of hard rock sparked by Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, and Korn.

    Hot off a tour with Hollywood Undead and opening up for Five Finger Death Punch, the heavy hitters are recognizing what From Ashes To New has as well. You will too upon listening to Downfall. The cyber swell of "Downfall" kicks the EP off before curling into a neck-snapping riff punctuated by vicious verses and a muscular stadium-size refrain. The succinct guitar at the beginning of "Lost and Lone" belies its expanse as everything turns into a hypnotic hook that you could hear bursting out of radio all summer and much longer.

    "Land of Make Believe" unleashes a punchy smack that's as tough as it is tight before everything culminates on the powerful "Through It All," which flaunts the group's biggest refrain. We're telling you that's a smash right there.

    Downfall feels like the start of something very big. From Ashes To New stand poised to lead the next rock revolutionary with a fusion of their own.

    Rick Florino

    See From Ashes To New in our Game Changers piece!

    From Ashes To New's 'Downfall EP' is Available at iTunes.

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