The Hourglass

by Atten Ash

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A three-piece atmospheric/melodic death-doom band from North Carolina, Atten Ash is the creation of founding member James Greene who wrote the foundations of the songs which would later become “The Hourglass.” In 2011 James began collaborating with Barre Gambling (founding guitarist of Daylight Dies) and Archie Hunt (vocalist/guitarist of Legion of the Fallen) and the trio continued the musical work: arranging songs, establishing vocal patterns, writing lyrics and guitar solos.

Recorded in 2012, an intricate and encapsulating death-doom portrait permeates Atten Ash’s first full-length recording. Rich in atmosphere, swaying through infectious melodies and razorsharp solos while displaying both melancholy and aggression with conviction and force, “The Hourglass” is the result of a band with considerable maturity and experience, already at the top of their craft, and with a defined vision for their sound placing them among the classic death-doom giants of the genre.

Those pining for genuine melodic/atmospheric death-doom for the dark and cold days ahead, and especially fans and listeners of bands such as Daylight Dies, Slumber, Katatonia, Woccon, Doom:vs, October Tide, and Helevorn (among others) would be wise to heed attention.

“The Hourglass” will be released on February 19, 2015 in a 4 panel digipack with a 12 page booklet through Hypnotic Dirge Records.

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"I gotta tell you, Atten Ash know what they are doing and their doom-death is especially recommended to fans of classic Katatonia, October Tide, Slumber and Doom:vs. Maturity and experience is present on the song – and the rest of the album for that matter – and it will fill you with that (weirdly) comforting feeling of melancholy thanks to the guitars’ melodies and razorsharp solos but also the perfect mix of clean and growling vocals."
-Metal Recusants

"‘The Hourglass’ is a consistently surprising and pleasing album that maintains a high level of quality throughout. Atmospheric and captivating, it is delivered with effortless elegance, whether it’s mid-tempo, string-snapping, snare-pounding catharsis or slow, catastrophic elegy."
-Doom Metal Heaven

" It’s a captivating offering of melodic death/doom, mixing gravelly riffs and cavernous growls with shimmering guitar melody and arcing clean vocals. The music both lumbers like a dirge and charges on the back of jagged chords and rumbling drums. It’s a fitting song for the grey chill of winter, but I have a feeling it will sound just as sweet in springtime." [On the track "Born"]
-No Clean Singing

"To put it plainly, The Hourglass is a gorgeous blend of solid metal fundamentals, attention-grabbing melodies, and a wide dynamic range featured in all elements of the music. It plays through seamlessly like a single, continuous composition. And although there is a lot of similarity in the concepts presented, there is no lack of variety in the tones, textures, tempo and color."
-SkullsNBones

"With this regal edict of icy inevitability, Atten Ash has firmly secured its rightful place alongside October Tide, Doom:vs, and other demigods in the upper reaches of the unholy death doom pantheon. The Hourglass marks the advent of an especially fearsome vessel of ominous ruination. Take great heed."
-Hellbound

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released February 19, 2015

Archie Hunt - Death vocals
James Greene - Clean vocals, guitars, bass, drums,
Barre Gambling - Guitars

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Track Name: City in the Sea
lyrics adopted from the poem 'City in the Sea' by Edgar Allen Poe

Lo Death has reared himself a throne
the shadow city lies alone
No rays from the heavens down
On the long night of town

light from out the lurid sea
Streams up silently
up spires, up kingly halls
like Babylon's walls

There shrines, palaces and towers
undisturbed, by lifting winds forgot
Resigned beneath the sky
The melancholic waters lie.

There open fanes and gaping graves
Yawn with luminous waves
not the jewels that there lie
In each idol's diamond eye

No swellings tell that winds may pass
on this plain of glass
No heavings hint, that winds have been
On seas deathly serene.

There shrines, palaces and towers
undisturbed, by lifting winds forgot
Resigned beneath the sky
The melancholic waters lie.

The waves have now a redder glow
The hours are breathing faint and low
Down, down from underground
Hell, rising from a thousand thrones
Track Name: See You...Never
This hour is forever's birth, not measured in sand,
where dreams are plagued by breaths not worth taking.

So long, see you never.
Veins open, broken, severed.
All the moments missed finally remembered.
Now that I have gone, I'll see you never.

Pain, loving memories will not visit me again.

No suffering.
There's a quiet peace in knowing I'm alone, knowing I'll be missed.
Hope that I'll be missed.

Silence in remembrance of a worthless man.
Their eyes filled with tears not worth making.

So long, see you never.
Veins open, broken, severed.
All the moments missed finally remembered.
Now that I have gone, I'll see you never.
Never visit me again.

No suffering.
There's a quiet peace in knowing I'm alone, knowing I'll be missed.
Remember me now that I have gone.
Hope that I'll be missed.
Hope that I'll be missed.
Track Name: Not As Others Were
lyrics adopted from the poem 'Alone' by Edgar Allen Poe

From childhood's hour I have not been As others were
I have not seen As others saw
I could not bring My passions from a common spring
From the same source I have not taken
could not awaken

And all I loved, I loved alone.
with No one to guide me on my way home.

now, Then in my childhood in the dawn
Of a most stormy life was drawn
From every depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still, binds me still

From the torrent, or the fountain
From the red cliff to the hill
From the sun that round me rolled, In its autumn tint of gold,
To the lightning in the sky, As it passed me by

And all I loved, I loved alone.
with No light to guide me on the way home.

now, Then in my childhood, in the dawn
Of a most stormy life was drawn
From every depth of good and ill
This mystery it binds me still
Track Name: Song for the Dead
into the rain
deep underground
lies a hollow
she claims her bed

into the rain
i've finally found
i've found my deepest regret

in mourn
where dark is the song
a song for the dead

at dawn
where dark gave me song
a song for the dead

feeling so cold
not here somehow

soul will travel
free to go

into the pain
she's colder now
i give my final respects

in mourn
where dark is the song
a song for the dead

at dawn
the night gave me song
a song for the dead
Track Name: Born
as the night goes by
feelings fade
still he remains
like candles aflame
destined to die
yet burn

born to a father i never knew
fear of failing, of repeating
with open eyes see the room turned to black
a black that survives deep in a heart left to die
like this curse from above

with love i'll abandon thee
sealed with a kiss
closed casket crib
this story tale
it begins with ending
with ending

as death deals hands,
feelings fade.
what ties remain
become unwoven
by thread, by strand.

born to a father i never knew
fear of failing, of repeating
with open eyes see the room turned to black
a black that survives deep in a heart left to die
like this curse from above with love

with love
sealed with a kiss
closed casket crib
this story tale
it begins with ending
with ending
Track Name: Waves of Siloam
softly the fall
if silent the stand.
a quiet dying,
with no one to lead
no light at the end.

walk by sight
as faith goes blind.
Siloam wash the mud
from my eyes.

and i'll survive
on bread alone.
the words he spoke
cannot be swallowed.

and i'll not feast
in barren lands
when i can see
the path to Eden.

messiah man
what of this light promised me?
closed eyes can't see
it's splendor, it's beauty
what of this love promised me?
closed hearts can't feel
it's warmth run through me

and i'll survive
on bread alone.
the words he spoke
cannot be swallowed.

and i'll not feast
in barren lands
when i can see
the path to Eden.

messiah man
what of this light promised me?
closed eyes can't see
it's splendor, it's beauty
what of this love promised me?
closed heart can't feel
it's warmth, so soothing
Track Name: The Hourglass
All shall perish
In this valley of existence
Between two perilous mountains
Fate and freewill

We are all lost souls in this valley
Etched from the cliffs of time
Down we fall from one side or another
Reduced to sand
In a stream of tears

The fall of man
This tragic play never ends
This audience of fools

The earth crumbling down
And all that remains
Desolation to be reborn
We find our futile lives
Trapped in this cylindrical tomb
Buried in the past
The bottom of the hourglass

We are all lost souls in this valley
Etched from the cliffs of time
Down we fall from one side or another
Reduced to sand
While we weep

The fall of man
This tragic play never ends
This audience of fools