The electronic pop/hard rock outfit Rites of Ash has always been known for accepting nothing less than perfection when it comes to their work. Combining countless influences into a unified and original sound has helped define the band as innovators in an industry desperately lacking originality. No genre or sound is off-limits for the band; this is evident in their extensive list of influences that include Linkin Park, Skrillex, Nine Inch Nails, RedOne, and Lady Gaga. Rites of Ash is comprised of 80-two (vocals), Lazzo (guitars, keyboards, programming/sequencing), Tevey (drums), Toni (vocals), and Tuomas (keyboards).
Being an unsigned band hasn’t hindered them from making their own professional music video (Burn) and getting it aired on Fuse TV, releasing four studio albums, and having their music featured on over ten MTV shows including: “The Real World,” “Pimp My Ride,” and “Next.” Rites of Ash’s live show is equally impressive, boasting choreographed lighting effects, custom-built stage pieces, and synchronized videos displayed on various flat-panel monitors.
Their music and live show have garnered them numerous accolades from the mainstream music industry; it has been described as “unique but mainstream, hard-hitting yet romantically suave…truly cutting-edge song writing.” (S. Diablo, MTV)
The band has collaborated with Pablo Manzarek (son of Ray Manzarek of ‘The Doors’), world-renowned DJs Idee and Paul Edge, photographer Doug Sonders, and mixing engineer Kevin “131″ Gutierrez on their previous releases (‘Epidemic of the Mannequins’ and ‘Like Venom’). Their upcoming EP, ‘She’s Out For Blood’, is expected to be released in Spring 2012.