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Below is our complete Frost Like Ashes news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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The Unblackening Of Metal

From the very beginning, heavy metal has been about rebellion against established norms and restrictive social institutions. That theme has never prevented metal from being influenced by the greatest of mankind’s various systems of organized repression, however. Using a guitar and a microphone to express discontent over the actions of parents and governments inevitably led to bands expressing their disgust with the beliefs behind those actions. Whether musicians are singing about it, railing against it, or just simply partaking of it in their free time, religion has an undeniable role to play in nearly every sub-genre of heavy metal.

Plenty of bands have been built up around an anti-religious atmosphere, whether a simple general sentiment or a full-on fervor that drives the music. Despite metal being frequently identified with an anti-religious standpoint, the style has more than its fair share or religious spokesmen. Famous musicians such as Dave Mustaine of Megadeth have never been particularly quiet about their Christian faith, even if they don’t expressly promote it in any given song. Explicitly Christian metalcore acts are also rapidly gaining widespread attention, with groups like August Burns Red taking over Hot Topic and acts like I The Breather touring the U.S.

In general, it would seem the thrash metal world either doesn’t care about Mustaine’s religious affiliation or is willing to overlook it for the sake of the music. Thrash certainly has its share of anti-Christian songs, but it’s a genre that’s more concerned with social issues or an overall aggressive musical feel than anything dealing with supernatural belief systems.

As any fan of metal can easily attest, not all genres are built equal, and what appeals to one metal head is a serious turn off for another. Black metal is easily among the most infamous of all metal styles, having cut its teeth in the early ‘90s across a back drop of church burnings and sensational media stories of power struggles between Satanic leaders. Names like Emperor and Mayhem were starting to make waves and become recognized in the underground not only across Europe, but also in the U.S. and abroad. More...

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Frost Like Ashes Posts "Live In Omaha" Videos

U.S. based Christian black metal act Frost Like Ashes has posted all four video clips online from the band's 2006 DVD release "Live in Omaha." The video clips for "Of Spirit and Power," "Shattered Gods," "Rose Colored Stain Glass Window," and "Lord of Darkness" can be viewed via the Frost Like Ashes Facebook page. You can also check out several Frost Like Ashes tracks available for streaming the band's MySpace profile.

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Unearthing The Unblack Metal Underground

Each week with Unearthing the Metal Underground we take a look at quality underground bands in an attempt to spread the word of lesser known acts. This week we're diving into a divisive and controversial subject: Christian "unblack" metal. Also known as "white metal" or "holy unblack metal," the genre twists the standard Satanic or anti-religious themes and instead presents a pro-Christian worldview.

Say the phrase "Christian black metal" to the average metal head and you're likely to be met with a confused giggle or a baffled comparison to Jewish Nazi metal bands, but believe it or not there is a thriving religious black metal scene. While many of the black metal legions may see Christian lyrical themes as an irreconcilable contradiction, there are quite a few unblack bands with music every bit as dark and menacing as anything from the likes of Mayhem or Dimmu Borgir.

As a companion to this look into three unblack metal bands, we also have an editorial dealing with the subject of Christianity in black metal.

Renascent

Destroying any preconceived notions of unblack metal lacking the force of an anti-religious band, Finland’s Renascent is a thrash-influenced symphonic black metal power house that equals or exceeds many secular bands. The level of fury present in the music is pretty astonishing, and the band doesn’t slouch in the melody department either. It’s a shame the band isn’t better known in the extreme metal community, as the aggressive symphonic tones are sure to please fans of acts like Dimmu Borgir or Dragonlord. Several Renascent tracks are available for streaming through the band’s MySpace page, with “In Hell” and “Exodus” being the most potent examples of crushing brutality mixed with keyboards. The songs “Scenes of a Tragedy” and “Through Darkness” can also be found in the video clips below.

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Sullen Records Seeks Christian Black Metal Bands

SULLEN RECORDS is currently looking for Christian Black Metal artists that are interested in being on Volume 2 of their compilation series titled "Revelations." Volume 1 was recently released and included material from FIRE THRONE, ELGIBBOR, FROST LIKE ASHES, SORROWSTORM, and 13 others.

Artists confirmed for Volume 2 at this point include: GRAVE DECLARATION, ADMONISH, FROSTHARDR, UNBLACK METAL FIST, GONDOLIN, FLASKAVSAE, and ALMAGOR.

Interested parties should email jamesmattern@opengraverecords.com, and include a link to be able to check out their music.

VOLUME 1 is availble to order from DIVINE METAL DISTRO.

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Open Grave Posts 9 Albums For Free Download

Extreme metal label/distro Open Grave Records has announced its second ever "Free Download Weekend" this weekend from today, August 15 through August 17. You can download nine of the label's release for FREE (email address required for verification).

Here is the official list of titles available for free download:

Atrocity - Contaminated EP
Elgibbor - Stronger than Hell
Frost Like Ashes - Born to Pieces
Grind Minded - Domestic Violence
Kekal - The Habit of Fire
Primitive Graven Image - Traversing the Awesome Night + Bonus Demo
Sapremia - With Winter Comes Despair
Skitzo - Five Point Containment
Feast Eternal - With Fire

Open Grave Records will be accepting donations during the weekend, with all donations to be split evenly between all of the bands and the label.

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