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by Ashcorn

LADY SOPHITIA says: we describe our music as "HI GROOVE MODERN METAL": metal elements as thrash/hardcore with great groove and a particular attention to melody and clean vocals. The Music is also filled with synths, samples and industrial influences..
Genre: Metal/Punk: Metalcore
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1. Chapter One
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2. Stranger
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3. New Old Life
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4. Framework
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5. Freak
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6. Jane
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7. Another Myself
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8. X-spleen-8
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THE STORY SO FAR............

Summer 2000:The ASHCORN were born with the meeting between Miles (guitars) and Ronnie (drums). A first line up was completed with a second guitar (Alessandro), bass (Ferdinando) and vocals (Enrico). The group began playing some covers (rock and metal), but pretty soon they started writing their own songs. During hat period the band played a very rough music but already with the elements of the actual sound: hi groove modern metal.

2001: the band played live as much as they could, everywhere there was a stage ready for a show...

2002 : few problems inside the band changed line up: Miles and Ronnie (the two original members and founders) remained alone. Davide ( Devil Poison), the current bassist was one who saved Ashcorn project. At the time he was only a fan of the group and most of all, he wasn't much of an expert with the instrument (he was practically a guitarist), but he was the right person for the passion and engagement shown. They needed a singer...Nobody thought that a friend of the band, Sofia, could be the missing piece: it is very odd to find a girl being able to compete with 'death and thrash' metal screamers, without neglecting the clean vocals. So line up complete!! A lot of hours were spent in order to test the new formation and to debut live in the summer.

January 2003: a new member joined the band, nobody had left the group, but it was thought best to use keyboards and electronics in order to improve the sound and find new solutions. In the middle of January made his entry Alberto ( Nails), already a friend of Miles and Ronnie.

2004:During the second half of the year, the band has recorded his first Ep "X-Spleen-8", and has played live as much as possible with a good consent from the public...

April 2005: Release of "X-Spleen-8" through Magazines, Webzines and Radios all over the world....The feedback till now is very good: "hi rate reviews" (Rock Hard Italy, Metal Hammer, Metal Shock, Noise and more...), tons of new fans and friends...good right??

What are you waiting for?? Buy now "X-SPLEEN-8" and JOIN OUR TRIBE!!!!

Lady Sophitia-Vocals & screams --AGE: 21--
Miles Tawnshate-Guitars & vocals --AGE: 24--
Nails-Synthetics,samples,piano & programming --AGE: 23--
Devil Poison:Bass --AGE: 22--
Ronnie's Bawl-Drums & percussion --AGE: 22--



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METAL HAMMER (italy) issue n. 7/2005

Ashcorn seem very “update”, they make a work without smears
The Paduans (well, really we are from Rovigo nd.Nails ) ASHCORN seem very “update” , they make a work without any smears, with a fair production and a context that lays between the fat riffs of KORN and the love for technology like MATRIX of FEAR FACTORY, all going toward immaginary gothic that do not scorn the ORGY’ s look. With a ( Lady) singer, SOPHITIA is her name, which abrasive tone draws near to KARIN’s tone of CRISIS, ASHCORN go in short time from aggression to melody thanks to a deep knowledge of the nu-metal subject. Listen to the sensual voice and the catchy melodies of “FREAK” or the derivations of the 80’s from which our guys often obtain in order so that the proposal results being original and well matched.


It is sad to notice how our nice country (Italy) is so absent-minded
It is sad to notice how our nice country is so “absent-minded” , musically speaking, up to the point that really good bands like ASHCORN have to think about going abroad to have a future and be appreciated. “X-SPLEEN-8” is not a demo but a real true debut album made by a north-eastern Italian team, to be precise, from Rovigo, this being active since the year 2000 and firm on their determination to re-propose a kind of nu-metal ( someone calls it “thrash-hardcore” or “cyber-thrash”) dear to FEAR FACTORY making a point on the melody aspect and smoothing the brutality, giving life to a sound in part already heard but not without new things to express. The first one is the female growl of SOFIA (LADY SOPHITIA) that goes along with guitar player, MILES, in the clean vocals and in second place the continous , more than reasonable clutch of synthesizers appropriately set by the good NAILS. A marriage this , that allows ASHCORN to make deep melodies and of great atmosphere like in “NU OLD LIFE” and “FREAK” without leaving out the fact that the “five” of them know how to hit hard when it’s necessary , than happens in “STRANGER” and in the vigorous “JANE” where SOPHITIA sings in Italian (only on this song ). “FRAMEWORK” and “ANOTHER MYSELF” confirm a marked inclination at the future where there aren’t any limits to experimentations of the sampler and it does not exist the impossible melody. “X-SPLEEN-8” will make you “jump”!!

Luigi Schettino

we stand in front of a band with good ideas, with good capacities..
The ASHCORN are a young band that if i am not wrong comes from Padua or nearby (Why everybody say from Padua? NdNails ) and this “X-SPLEEN-8” is their first self produced ep. The sound of the band ha nu-metal influences , which in the brutal parts is near to SLIPKNOT, in fact “JANE” the only song sang in Italian , is a kind of shameless plagiarism of the IOWA’s freaks and even the lyrics remind me their “PURITY”, as for the rest there are many melodic parts where instead being plagiarized are “FEAR FACTORY” and most of all BURTON C. BELL. The cultural/musical/iconographical background of the band , anyway, is strongly influenced by the electro/darkwave of the 80’s, which only the relation can be compared to with a certain gothic mood present on “DEMANUFACTURE”, with the difference that ASHCORN smooth the impact with strong doses of “decadent” (and at the same time “futuristic”) melodies. If the basis of the start as we have seen have been already heard , although the result is rather personal, thanks to the use of the double voice , both male and female, both of them versatile and being able to play with the melody and at the same time with brutality. LADY SOPHITIA is clearly influenced by OTEP. “STRANGER” reflects quite a lot the proposal of the band, which from other things they boast a keyboarder of great statue ( NAILS ), capable in finding and bringing out very efficient sounds. A note can be made to the production that lucks of a bit of power, and at the drums, too much natural for the kind of sound proposed. For the rest we stand in front of a band with good ideas, with good capacities, and with enough personality (and this is very important) to make us hope for the future in something good! We are waiting for news….
Luigi "GINO" Schettino

Metal-Zone (Italy)

“X-Spleen-8” is a very good album for a debut ...
The five members of the group are big consumers of music especially nu metal and industrial, musical influences that can be found in their music that spaces between Fear Factory and Slipknot. A musical proposal that Ashcorn themselves describe as “Hi Groove Modern Metal”. Even if they imitate the “sacred monsters “ of the musical style their music comes out original and fresh, thanks most of all to the two singers, especially Sophia , the main character of the band, who is able to master any kind of tone or change of time with great skill. As we were saying in the pieces of ashcorn we find a lot of Fear Factory like in the songs “Chapter one” and “ New Old Life” or Slipknot in “Stranger” or the Italian band “Extrema” in the only song sang in Italian: “Jane”. In conclusion “X-Spleen-8” is a very good album for a debut , quite good produced. It takes on you as what it concerns the graphic of the whole work, complete of cover, text and photo in jewel box. Congratulations and go on like now…cd raccomended.

Gianfranco Belisario.

Space Junkies Magazine (Canada)

Strong guitar and multi-level vocal skills ...
Ashcorn combines industrial, hard rock and metal into one with their release “X-Spleen-8”. This album takes a bit of getting used to, since the structure of the songs seems to be highly scattered – mixing one genre into another and slamming everything else into it. However , this band does have some strong guitar and multi-level vocal skills (ranging from melodic rock to growls and punk rock screams ) that really stand out from the music. I enjoyed their more punk-based track “New Old Life” with its harsh vocal edge, riffin’ guitars and break-in melodic vocal elements. For the most part it’s a decent cd , if they could find a way of bleeding their diverse sounds together better it’d be a great addition to any underground music collection.

Wednesday Elektra.

Andrea Friso

Italian nu-metal: a very young band debuts!!
Italian nu-metal: a very young band debuts!! They come from Rovigo ( Italy ) and their first ep. It’s “X-SPLEEN-8”. They define their music proposal “HI GROOVE MODERN METAL”: it is in fact “electrical discharges with full sonority nu-metal, often toned towards the electronic through the filters on the voice of LADY SOPHITIA (who shares the microphone with the guitar player MILES ) that goes from the growling to more melodic intentions. The first comparison that comes to my mind is with some guys called “FEAR FACTORY”, “KORN”, but even with Italian groups like “EXTREMA” (in the piece “JANE” in which SOPHITIA sings in Italian ). Songs that are quite canon but turned out, with the typical melodic gap so to break from areas where they are more angry, and open up to moments of more relief. Some limits with the production: a more compact sound would not have been out of place. Let say however that being a debut it is not bad! To re-propose and define the dynamic of the double voice , if well measured out can reserve pleasant surprises..
By Andrea Friso


Their future will be great.
From Rovigo we have Ashcorn, who propose a futuristic and a very electronic metal, inspired by Fear Factory, Deadsy, Mnemic and Raunchy, also if the five musicians turn their own sound to an heavy nu-metal territory similar to Otep and Kittie, both, like Ashcorn, characterized by the presence of a female singer singing in pure “growl” style (like the last Arch Enemy). “X-Spleen-8” is not bad, for nothing. In my opinion a great “ace” in the band is the presence of a great keyboard player/programmer with an “elegant musical taste “, that, with the clean vocals of Miles gives a “dark wave and pro- Nine Inch Nails” direction to the sound (for example in the persuasive “Another Myself”). There are also heavier moments with distortions/screams/double bass drum ‘s blasts, like in the “death metal oriented” track “Jane” , which is totally sang in Italian (the rest of the album is in English). Concluding: the band is original, good and young: if they improve the production their future will be great.



ASHCORN really got me!!
All those are constantly reading the “Demo Reviews” on SLEAZE-METAL definitely note that there are very much “first-class “ Italian metal bands right? With ASHCORN we reached another “PROMO CD” , which I fortunately receive directly from LADY SOPHITIA. It’s not easy to describe their music: it’s a mix between “FEAR FACTORY” and “KORN”, so the sound it’s quite modern and has a lot of “drums”. LADY SOPHITIA’s vocals remember me in some way the “GUANO APES” although the proposal it’s not the same. I don’t like “KORN” and similar bands, but ASHCORN really got me!! The band absolutely convinces me in a musical way. Following the intro “CHAPTER ONE” , the opener “STRANGER” totally “rocks” , with double-bass attaches in your face. The band plays really fast and , a thing that a like very much, engages a great melody in the songs. “NEW OLD LIFE” could nearly be written by “KORN” and the chorus has an equal quality as “FEAR FACTORY” , which naturally has to be taken in a positive way. With the production of “X-SPLLEN-8” these guys have done a very good job and even if they recorded this album on their own, it has a “class A” quality. I generally have to say, that Italian bands do a good job ( in most of the cases the production it’s incredible ). I’m convinced that if you would play for example a song like “FRAMEWORK” on “VIVA” all the young Nu-Metal fans would get crazy!! I repeat: I’m not the biggest fan of bands like “SLIPKNOT” but ASHCORN are just too good to be ignored!! Depending of me , ASHCORN will be the next “EXTREMA”. Every song has a full sound, “FREAK” or also “JANE” (this one sang in Italian) are fantastic. No, this band has not to mind if the voice sounds like “GUANO APES” , maybe it’s only my opinion. Who likes modern metal should take a look at and buy this demo!!

Written by VINCE

Lacuna Coil meets Fear Factory
This debut release from Italian metallers Ashcorn offers up a modern hybrid of thrash, goth and electronica, resulting in a sort of Lacuna Coil meets Fear Factory esque slab of atmospheric brutality. On paper it sounds great and in fact it aint a bad listen, but you cant help but think that its all been done before, not in the same way that 'old school' metal rip offs have become arse numbingly dull, but similar none the less. Whilst generally pretty quality, there are a few points that Ashcorn could potentially improve on, the female vocals give the band a slightly more distinctive sound, but you can't help noticing that it only ever sounds 'right' on 'Jane', the only track on the album to be performed in Italian. Apart from a few niggly points there's not a lot to fault with this mini-album, with some professional production behind these tracks they could sound pretty awsome. AW

Terrorverlag (Germany)

You should keep this band in your eyes
While ASHCORN are still trying to get a deal, i have their first cd “X-SPLEEN-8” in front of my face. Fitting the modern Sci-Fi layout the members have funny names like “Lady Sophitia”, “Miles Townshate” , “Doctor Nails”, “Devil Poison”, and “Ronnie’s Bawl”. Fortunately it’s not another classic “Nu-metal” cd . The opener hits you quite well, “Stranger” convinces with great drum works and the fitting changing vocals of Sophitia and Miles. Anyway this song is the best of the album and impressed in my memory. In my opinion the remaining ones are a mix between “MUSHROOMHEAD” and “FEAR FACTORY” with the standard “SOULFLY/SEPULTURA” riffing. More than one time in fact I found the original “Roots Bloody Roots’s” riff in their songs. But if you hear the songs sometimes, the are well structured and fit each other. Even if the riffing is not the most innovative, the drummer blasts with changing rhythms and nice “fill-ius”. The vocal arrangements of “Lady Sophitia” also convince and well fill the songs, but she should improve the clean vocals (she seems “crying”) . Though it depends to the song, cause here and there her voice is fitting well. In “Another Myself” for example she is alone and this is quite disturbing, but in the end of the song she is together with ”Miles “ and everything is good again. Miles is also a great guitarist: in the last song a solo is engaged. A bit surprising, but better late than never! You should keep this band in your eyes, cause some songs are very good and with fitting clean-vocals and synthesizers you’ll be impressed.

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