Ashland Messiah out 12-20-16

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Ashland Messiah: CD/Digital
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Ashland Gorbilla Bundle
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A bundle package that includes - Digital download of album - "Ashland" T shirt - "Ashland Messiah" CD

"Ashland Messiah" T-Shirt

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100% cotton, Black T-shirt featuring "Ashland Messiah" full color album artwork.

The Meaning Behind the Title Track  

     When we began writing this album I was in a state of transition. I had just gotten out of a toxic relationship, I was about to be graduating High School, and I didn't have a clue what I wanted to do with my life other than play music. I felt alone and confused and I always felt tired. Normally when I get down like that, I like to fade away from others and bury myself in a book. Well, that Summer I began reading the book of Revelations and I was honestly blown away by just how deep it was. The symbolism was all over the place and you couldn't make it a paragraph without hearing of how awful things would become for those left behind after the rapture. I mean, I've found inspiration in literature before but this was just absurd. One evening I pondered on the events of Revelations and I couldn't get the image of Christ making his return to a war-torn, barren wasteland out of my head. That image alone was the most metal thing I have ever thought of and the words "Ashland Messiah" came to my brain and I got chills right then and there. I instantly picked up my guitar and began hacking away at it.
     A few hours later I had already constructed the music and had transitioned to my notebook to write lyrics to go with it. The sang part of the chorus came to me first "When he returns, Void will be sanctuary, the lamb will overcome, the voice of Hades". That line is directly referencing Christ making his return to finish off all evil without mercy. However, this song is also about the destruction of evil MEN as well as the essence of evil itself. The first verse is centered around the awful crimes against humanity committed by terror groups in the middle east in the name of Islam. I wanted this spiritual premise to be aided by modern examples of religious violence in order to make the song feel a bit less fantastic if that makes sense. I quickly showed the band the track after having completed it and we all agreed on it being the title track. We felt the themes of the other songs we had all came to a head with this song and that it represented the album's thesis well.

The Meaning Behind "Seeds of Ruin" 

     It is a story we have seen far too many times in our world today. Another uprising in a country plagued by poverty and pain, another conflict between rulers and the ruled, or even an unwarranted invasion somewhere across the globe. The concept of war is essentially engrained in our minds but have we ever seen it accomplish anything in recent years? Personally, I would insist that it has not helped solve a thing.
     The song "Seeds of Ruin" is about the futility of war and the pointlessness of destruction. When war is waged, the seeds for future turmoil are planted. One sided treaties have only served to enrage the afflicted, breeding a generation of impoverished and disgruntled soldiers to fight against their masters once they reach adulthood. We saw this in Germany after WWI with the Treaty of Versailles as Hitler and his following blamed their economic struggles on the treaty and on the allies. We can also see the seeds of pain to come being formed in the middle east today as well, as each time an innocent civilian is sadly caught in crossfire their angered families are prepared to take up arms against America, creating more members for ISIS and the Taliban. It also pains my heart to see that, even in a society as advanced as our own, we seek to solve our problems by harming others. Social issues such as racism still persist, those guilty of its corruption raise their youth to suffer the same sickness while those effected by it too often turn to violence and anarchy to raise awareness, perpetuating the stereotype.
      It does not have to be this way though. Just as we have evolved to destroy, we have also evolved to reason, to care, to love. It may take many years and many failures, but worldwide peace is more possible now than it ever was before. We can stop the bleeding of humanity and create a better world for ourselves and each other. We need only see the errors of war and of violence. War has become inept to solve humanity's issues and the sooner we can acknowledge this, the faster we can begin to heal the wounds.
     "I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word." - Martin Luther King Jr.