Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Out Of The Ashes 2014 Preview - Aeris

I'm a huge fan of festivals, and, with ticket prices rising for Bloodstock and the like, cheaper, smaller festivals are more than welcome. Beermageddon is a fantastic one that I've done for the last couple of years and will be returning to this year, and Out Of The Ashes is another of those.

I went last year for the first time, a long, long trek from London up to just outside of Liverpool. On the site of Vauxhall Motors Football Club in Ellesmere Port, Out Of The Ashes gives you 3 stages, more bands than some of the larger festivals can put on, and a truly great weekend for £18.

This is the first in a series of blogs I'll be doing in the runup to Out Of The Ashes Festival 2014, which is in July this year.

Aeris are a 4 piece metalcore outfit from Crewe in the North West of England, and their EP 'Become My Breather' was released only a few days ago, according to their Bandcamp page (link at the end of this post). Honestly, metalcore isn't my thing generally, but having downloaded the EP and put it on, by track four 'Revelations' this band had really grown on me. Maybe there's something about the rawness of vocalist Tom's vocals that does enough to put them apart from so many other bands that attempt to do the same thing. Aeris have found a wonderful blend of powerful, heavy, crushing tracks interspersed with really rather serene moments throughout the album, with a vocal line that at this moment I can only really compare with Bloodsimple, that is perfectly suited to providing a massive onslaught of harsh, pissed off, screaming over the top of the heavy parts, or as a heavy, loud contrast to those more peaceful moments in the EP. Aeris are a young band that will definitely be going places soon, they're certainly worth checking out live if the EP is anything to go by. I'll be doing my best to see them at Out Of The Ashes 2014, if you're from the North West though, you may well find that you get the chance to see them before then.

You can download Aeris's EP for free from here : http://aerismusic.bandcamp.com/releases
Give them a 'like' on Facebook at : https://www.facebook.com/AerisOFFICIAL

And come over and follow me on twitter : www.twitter.com/bigmetalbastard

Christ, just as I was about to clock 'publish', the track 'Portugal' has just come on on my media player. Go and download this bands EP, if you're into your metalcore, you'll dig it.

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  1. Great read thank you for attending and hope you make the long trip back up for 2014

  2. Out Of The Ashes Festival is a multi genre music festival which takes place at Vauxhall Motors Sports Club in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

    Started in 2012, the festival has it’s roots firmly placed within the metal and rock communities with the first event taking place in June 2012. The event was ran over 2 stages (indoor and outdoor), over 2 days with over 50 bands taking part in the event.

    The event was so successful that in 2013 it was decided to expand the festival to run over 3 days and 3 stages (1 outdoor and 2 indoor). Head of Events, Didd Bakstad, enlisted the help of Dan Read (The Core) Sal Whiplash (Whiplash Promotions)and hez Phoenix (Phoenix rising) to help expand his event and run their own genre specific stages. OOTA 2013 was also expanded to included acoustic, indie, hardcore and punk rock bands. In the end over 104 bands played at OOTA 2013 over an incredible weekend.

    Now onto 2014. 2014 sees the rebirth of the Out Of The Ashes brand. Previous events in 2012 and 2013 have been your starter, now prepare for the main course: OUT OF THE ASHES FESTIVAL 2014 Out Of The Ashes 2014 will bring you over 100 bands, across 3 stages, over 3 days. We’ll be bringing you the best rock, metal, punk and alternative bands from all over the UK and beyond. We’re aiming to make Out Of The Ashes 2014 the biggest and best live music event the northwest has to offer. We’ll be doing all of this in the name of charity, with this year’s event raising money for the fantastic Headbangers Balls who work on behalf of The Teenage Cancer Trust.
    Tickets and merch are available at http://www outoftheashesfestival.com
    Dedicated event page www.facebook.com/events/654246471288530