Live dates are beginning to be announced. Check out the live page.
Today we worked on the flute tracks for the upcoming Ashagal ep. The results were quite exciting and relatively smooth. The progress today set down a great foundation for the upcoming (hopefully) final takes on vocals and pipes. We still don't want to put out a specific release date but will only say that it is moving along well.
Yesterday Sierra, John and Cat solidified the base tracks for the forthcoming limited edition ep. Today Cat is busy reviewing the tracks and making some decisions as to what will be next. We'll be overdubbing some components (most notably the pipes) as well as adding some harmonic and textural elements. The progress is exciting!
We have also been speaking to Sarah at Sarah Turpin Illustrator about the visual concepts of the ep. She created our logo and the amazing artwork for A Moonlit Path. Take a look at her current work to get some hints of the continued art esthetic. The blog photo is a piece of her artwork!
Today the recording of our Ashagal self produced short play CD officially began.
We have laid out our general plan for tracking the songs and made some decisions on arrangements that needed to be solidified.
It is a pleasure to announce that we have firm scratch tracks on over half of our proposed material! It is very exciting for us to move ahead on this new chapter in the band’s development!
Today Ashagal solidfied plans to begin their second recording: a self produced short play disc that will run between four and seven songs. It will be a blend of the new music you may have heard us play live, as well as one or two historic pieces and at least one reworking of a song from A Moonlit Path. This will be a limited release disc that will bridge A Moonlit Path and our next full length recording. It is meant as a musical snapshot that not only brings to light the new material, but also showcases the talents of Cat on guitar (and possibly another instrument or two). The recording is scheduled to begin within the next two to three weeks. We are hesitant to announce specific days yet as we are still finalizing our schedules. But we will update you regularly here at the website on our progress, so check back often!
Sunturn approaches. The time of the year when all has died, and is reborn. The sun is at her darkest, the trees at their most bare. Thing soon are renewed.
It is an appropriate time to post a message of intent and renewal. To affirm things that are to grow in the coming year. This is a statement from Ashagal.
The messengers of peace and the earth are under assault. It is no time for artists and poets to be silent
Ashagal is an exploration of the human tribe through mythology, history and song. As a band we comprise at least half a dozen ethnicities. Most of our Ancestors are descendent from immigrants to the country of The United States of America. Some as recently as the past 100 years. We represent four different distinct spiritual paths/religious faiths. We are entirely inclusive. We as a band do not choose to impose our own philosophies upon each other, or our audience.
But we do stand for several things: cultural, ethnic, social, religious inclusiveness. We respect and believe it is a human right for people to worship how they choose, marry who they choose, gender identify how they choose, and be proud of whatever cultural heritage they embrace and not discriminated against because of it. We firmly stand against discrimination, and any political or governmental body or representative who endorses or espouses such a viewpoint. We oppose any who do not seek to protect our planet’s natural beauty, resources and ecosystem through either active destruction of the environment or denial that we are at least partially responsible for environmental damage. We represent the Human Tribe. We stand for The Earth.
We hope the coming seasons bring peace, healing and renewal for the human tribe. We, and The Earth depend upon it.
Harvest time is upon us. And our time is consumed as another turning of the wheel is completed. We've had an amazing year. Our sound has developed considerably with the addition of Cat on guitar. Folk metal has been used to describe us more than once this past year. Indeed we seemed quite popular in at the wonderful Maryland Folk Metal Festival. Gigs have been copious and taken us into new territories and adventures. We have one major show left - the infamous Dracula's Ball of Philadelphia. This is the country's largest and longest running gothic dance party. We are honored and thrilled to play this very prominent show supporting the well known industrial rock act - Stabbing Westward.
But that isn't the end. We'll be listing a few last dates for the year soon...
May Eve. The Feast of St. Walpurgis. The night for sorcerers and witches are believed to gather. Ancestors walk. Like our modern Halloween - masks are worn to disguise the living and the dead. Particularly on the mountain of Brocken - the highest peak of The Harz forest in Germany. Though modernized into the Feast of Walpurga - a pagan festival of great age.
It is only fitting on this eve we launch this new website. An enhanced media section. A completed press section. Fluid and easily updated news and live dates section. The launch showcases the beautiful photos shot by Bethany Farmer on April 3. Enjoy. Send us a note. Leave a comment. Keep watching and listening. New things are happening...
Look, a new place for the Ashagal Site. Weebly is proving to be easy to update, very versatile and open to a wide variety of media content.