Coming in hot right with a 4/20 release, From Ashes to New are storming back into the music scene with their sophomore album The Future featuring the full-length debut of new singer Danny Case. The rap-rock/alternative metal quartet from Lancaster, Pennsylvania battled some extreme uncertainty with this release with former singer Chris Musser departing the band during the recording process. “We went through the most extreme level of adversity that anyone can go through while creating this album”, explains the band’s vocalist/keyboardist/programmer Matt Brandyberry. “Pretty much anything that could go wrong to slow down the process and throw you a curveball happened, but we came out on the other side.” Coming from a long-time fan and follower of the group, I am sure glad they didn’t let anything slow them down with this record.
The album delivers raw and honest lyrics that deliver powerful messages anywhere from bad relationships to being one’s worst enemy. The straight to the point, point-of-view that is delivered by Brandyberry’s strong rap runs and Case’s melodic additions to each track really drive home the theme of each track. I honestly at first wasn’t very impressed when the band released its debut track “Crazy” back in February. For some reason it just wasn’t the FATN that I grew to love, however, once I was able to listen to the album in its entirety, everything just flowed together perfectly.
There were a few tracks that really stood out to me more than others. “My Name” is a track that really hit home from me lyrically. You could consider it the “underdog to superhero” kind of song as it evolves from having a hard time with life and transitions into powerful lyrics like “With my head in the clouds, never looking down, I will never stop till the world knows my name” drives a message of determination when stacked against adversity.
Another stand out track is the self-titled, “The Future”. The track blasts open with hard running rhymes and a hip-hop beat that gets you absolutely pumped when you hear it. What made the track jump out at me and honestly won’t get out of my head is the addition of gorgeous strings and a youth choir that is a combination that I haven’t heard from any group, at least not recently.
I could honestly go on forever about how much I love this album and how much of an impact that it had on me personally. The album is radio worthy from beginning to end. But you must hear this album for yourself. If you don’t find a song that you can connect to on The Future. I would be genuinely shocked. Make sure you catch the guys of From Ashes to New on tour this summer with Bad Wolves and Diamante on the “What’s in Your Head” tour across the United States. You can grab your copy of The Future anywhere including iTunes, GooglePlay and Amazon Music now!
Bad Wolves + From Ashes to New 2018 Tour:
June 04 – Madison, Wis. @ The Annex
June 06 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Varsity Theater
June 07 – Chicago, Ill. @ Bottom Lounge
June 08 – Flint, Mich. @ The Machine Shop
June 09 – Fort Wayne, Ind. @ Piere’s Entertainment Center
June 11 – Columbus, Ohio @ The Basement
June 12 – Syracuse, N.Y. @ The Westcott Theater
June 13 – Portland, Maine @ Aura
June 18 – Lancaster, Pa. @ Chameleon Club
June 19 – New York, N.Y. @ Gramercy Theatre
June 21 – Baltimore, Md. @ Baltimore Soundstage
June 22 – Norfolk, Va. @ Norva
June 23 – Jacksonville, N.C. @ The Tarheel
June 24 – Johnson City, Tenn. @ Capone’s
June 26 – Mobile, Ala. @ Soul Kitchen
June 27 – Huntsville, Ala. @ Sidetracks Music Hall
June 28 – Little Rock, Ark. @ The Metroplex
June 29 – Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Diamond Ballroom
July 01 – Amarillo, Texas @ XR Club
July 02 – Lubbock, Texas @ Jake’s Sports Cafe
July 05 – Englewood, Colo. @ Gothic Theatre
July 06 – Colorado Springs, Colo. @ Sunshine Studios Live