Unrepentant purveyors of apocalyptic folk

medieval doom & gloom

dirges & drones.


Unto Ashes ist ein Musik-Ensemble, das 1997 von Michael Laird gegründet wurde. Aktuell besteht die Band aus den Künstlern Michael Laird, Ericah Hagle, Natalia Lincoln und Paul Ash, und auch mit Erich Ragsdale, Donald Wysoski-Drake, Catherine Bent, William Wiegard, und Musiker aus der Band Sonne Hagal.

We will celebrate, with such fierce dancing, the death of your institutions

Founded in 1997, Unto Ashes are among the foremost purveyors of "blood-lit" music, by which they seek to explore the beautiful and terrible currents that weave themselves through our lives. Their highly original music is informed by Medieval dirges, Apocalyptic Folk, Black Metal, Spinning and Harvest chants, and German Romantic sensibilities. Epic and exalted; claustrophobic and suffocating; vital and menacing; glorious and impenetrable: Unto Ashes is all - and none - of these.

Unto Ashes utilize an unusually broad array of ancient and modern musical instruments to achieve their truly unique sound: harmonium, hurdy-gurdy, Appalachian and hammered dulcimer, Persian and African percussion, cello, French horn, acoustic and electric guitars, piano and synthesizer, Indian tamboura, and bombastic drums. Their signature vocals and vocal harmonies have been described as "exquisite" and have been ranked alongside the foremost Heavenly Voices ensembles. Unto Ashes recordings and live performances are compelling, hypnotic, and powerful.

We invite you to partake in Unto Ashes "blood-lit" music courtesy of  Projekt Records,  youtube, and innumerable international compilation appearances.

Hails and horns to Most Excellent former Unto Ashes band members: 
❦ Mariko (vocals, violins)
❦ Jeremy Alisauskas (guitars)
❦ Paul Ash (hurdy-gurdy, percussion)
❦ Kit Messick (vocals)
❦ Susanna Melendez (lyrics)