The electronic pop/hard rock outfit Rites of Ash has always been known for accepting nothing less than perfection when it comes to their work. Combining countless influences into a unified and original sound has helped define the band as innovators in an industry desperately lacking originality. No genre or sound is off-limits for the band; this is evident in their extensive list of influences that include Linkin Park, Skrillex, Nine Inch Nails, RedOne, and Lady Gaga. Rites of Ash is comprised of Alex (vocals), Lazzo (guitars, keyboards, programming/sequencing), Toni (vocals), MCO (drums), Tuomas (keyboards), and Ace (bass).
Being an unsigned band hasnt hindered them from making three professional music videos with airings on Fuse TV and MTVu, performing on the Dew Tour, winner of one and nominated for five WAMA (Wammy) Awards, releasing four full-length studio albums, and having their music featured on over ten MTV shows including: The Real World, Pimp My Ride, and Next. Rites of Ashs live show is equally impressive, boasting choreographed lighting effects, custom-built stage pieces, and synchronized videos displayed on various flat-panel monitors.
Their music and live show have garnered them numerous accolades from the mainstream music industry; it has been described as unique but mainstream, hard-hitting yet romantically suavetruly cutting-edge song writing. (S. Diablo, MTV)
The band has collaborated with Pablo Manzarek (son of Ray Manzarek of The Doors), world-renowned DJs Idee and Paul Edge, photographer Doug Sonders, and platinum selling recording engineer Kevin 131 Gutierrez.
In Spring 2014, Rites of ash will release a self-titled full length album, Rites of Ash. This record brought in the mixing/producing talents of Kevin 131 Gutierrez and Grammy-Award Winning Jeff Bova. Selected tracks from this release were featured on the bands award-winning dance/dubstep remix album, Kept Me Up All Night, which was released as a free download in late 2013.