ASHENT was born in the 2001 when
two Italian brothers, Gianpaolo and Onofrio Falanga, decided
to create a band that could express their idea of music,
mixing together all the influences of their artistic background,
in order to create songs influenced by extreme metal and
prog-metal. After few months, keyboardist Paolo Torresani,
vocalist Max Zhena, 2nd guitarist Thomas Giro and drummer
J.C. joined the band.
In 2003 the band recorded their self-titled
demo, 4 songs that showed an original mix of progressive
metal, some elements of sophisticated power metal and an
unusual extreme attitude. "Ashent" became soon
one of the most acclaimed demos in the underground metal
scene, gifting to the band the status of “new revelation”:
the four-tracks was named demo of the month and was awarded
with excellent ratings by dozens of magazines and web-zines
throughout Europe and United States.
After some excellent live performances, a change of musicians
gave to the band the best line-up possible in order to sign
in the 2005 a contract with the veteran Italian label Lucretia
Records. The new line up saw drummer Davide Buso, virtuoso
guitarist Cristiano Bergamo and vocalist Steve Braun join
With a new stable line-up, Ashent
started to compose their debut album, 2006’s "Flaws
of Elation" (Lucretia Records). Home to ten songs with
an original mixture of energy, impact, catchy melodies and
shredding arrangements, that demonstrated the high level
of ASHENT’s personality as composers and musicians.
In just a few months the album sold out and Ashent received
a fantastic reception and praise on the live circuit, giving
to the band a solid fan-base.
a year and a half spent supporting the release of the first
album, they decided it was time to push themselves to compose
new material. During 2008 the band came back at New Sin
Studio and recorded their successor, entitled “Deconstructive”
a prog experience with many influences and a maturity of
song writing style that can only be classified as those
of Ashent. Produced by Falanga brothers and Luigi Stefanini,
the 12 tracks will be released worldwide on March 20th 2009
by Lion Music, the Finnish label unanimously considered
as a leading force within progressive and power metal circles.
Undoubtedly Deconstructive led the band to be considered one
of the most interesting new coming European metal band, due
to an enthusiastic response of critics and a large fan-base
fond of the band. Lion Music Top Seller's band, almost
500,000 plays on Myspace Official page, excellent ratings by
dozens of magazines and web-zine through Europe.
At the end of 2010 Ashent announced that they officially
started the pre-production of a new album with new line-up
with Titta Tani (Goblin, Daemonia, ex-Necrophagia, ex-DGM)
as new singer, Gilles Boscolo on the keyboards and
Alessandro Cossu as guitar player.
"Inheritance" stands out as a further step of change in the
background of the band, with a sound fortified by neo-prog
contaminations on the typical Ashent music.
In the meanwhile during the spring of 2011 Ashent announced
their appearance on the benefit album "Embrace the sun",
released by Lion Music, with an unreleased song called
"Disappearance". Dedicated to the victims of the
Tsunami and Earthquake that struck Japan in March 2011. All
artists and composers as well the record label and
publishing company are donating their profits from the
material to the Japan Red Cross in hope of a better world.
Now in 2012 the fruits of the bands renewed line-up will be
heard on 21 Sept 2012 when "Inheritance" is unleashed on the
world via Lion Music.