Monday, July 2, 2012

"Shadows" Double 12" L.P. Now Available by Mailorder!

Finally you can order "Shadows" in it's double LP format directly from Embers.

Mailorders of "Shadows" can be made at http://embers.bandcamp.com/album/shadows


"Shadows" Online Media Reviews:

"Probably one of the best releases of 2011 for me (even if 2011 hasn't ended yet). Great atmosphere, and an amazing mix of doom metal, blackened crust and even progressive rock - highly recommended!"

http://www.metalsucks.net/2011/05/24/freeloader-embers%E2%80%99-shadows/
"Shadows improves on its predecessors by channeling Embers’ serpentine structures into more consistently thrilling songs.."

http://www.cvltnation.com/embers-shadows-review/
"The musical performances on Shadows are stellar. The drums can be extremely fast and brutal as well as lock into some serious groove.."

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/44236/Embers-Shadows/
"I would just like to know one thing...where in the hell did Embers come from?"

http://mishkanyc.com/bloglin/2011/05/11/review-embers-shadows/
"Fans have waited years for a full-length and little did they know they’d be receiving a magnum opus."

Upcoming Embers shows:

Saturday, May 19, 2012

My Life as a Dominatrix




"My Life as a Dominatrix" 1000 Days of Sodom
http://www.invisibleoranges.com/2012/04/my-life-as-a-dominatrix/


"Kelly Nelson, bassist and vocalist of the Oakland, California blackened doom metal band Embers, talks about her job as a professional dominatrix."

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Embers Conquers the Internet

So maybe the title is a bit melodramatic, but then again so is metal. Today we look at all the significant coverage Embers has received since we made Shadows available for download. There have been some interesting developments on the web since then.

Me before the internet.
The music world has changed radically since I first picked up a guitar back in the late '80s. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that technology as pervasive as the internet, smart phones, mp3 players, and email would so dramatically change the way music is heard, bands are promoted, and musicians interact with fans. Before all that a band snail mailed demos to labels and promoters hoping to find someone interested in their music and then had to follow up on a land line, being charged through the nose by "Ma Bell" when AT&T still had a complete monopoly on the phone system.

Embers has embraced change.

As Embers has transitioned to new mediums it has caused some confusion as to how we define music and the relationship we have with it. One example is Embers allowing anyone to download the upcoming album Shadows with all of the songs for "pay what you want" while allowing the minimum payment to be zero. By allowing fans to access our music on their own terms we have rejected the idea that to be successful a band should limit fans access to their music requiring them to pay a premium. By allowing fans greater access to Embers' music it has allowed for more interest in Embers, more publicity on the internet, and ironically we have made more money from "donations" than we would have had we set a price.

Since Embers launched the pre-release of Shadows on March 29, 2011 Embers' bandcamp page has received 39,285 visits, 15,345 plays, and 1,411 downloads. Also, we have been able to generate a lot of interest in the album online as you can see at the jump.

Artwork completed in 2012
Another interesting bit of confusion that has occurred relates to the actual or official release date of Shadows. For some Shadows was released the moment it was available for download. This impression by many occurred despite the fact that Embers consistently referred to the online version of Shadows as a "pre-release". Shadows has even been referred to as "one of the best metal albums of 2011" by two web sites; nocleansinging.com and r-a-b-m.blogspot.com.

Embers definitely appreciates the support from these sites, but regarding the issue of release dates this stands in contrast to others, including Embers, who believe the official release date is when the physical version of Shadows is available. Shadows will be available next month during Embers' European tour in it's intended double album, vinyl format. Invisible Oranges metal blog has listed Shadows as one of a number of notable metal releases this month. Since the album will be available May 25th at Embers' first show in Bologna, Italy it would appear that this would be the official release date based on a physical format.

What do you think? Is the release date of an album the moment the public can hear the music or is it when a physical format is made available for purchase? To be honest I don't even know.

One thing is for sure there have been a lot of posts about Shadows and Embers in the year since Embers allowed for Shadows to be downloaded. Not only have there be sites reviewing, mentioning, or streaming Shadows, but there have also been a lot of other as well. Embers interviews, an article on Kelly's work as a Dominatrix, and an article on Steve's life as a squatter.

All of the reviews, interviews, and articles worth checking out are available at the jump. Check it out.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Embers new video for Shadows!!!



This song is off the new Embers album "Shadows". The videos are all creative commons video projects from Flickr. You can access more music and merchandise at http://embers.bandcamp.com

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Embers European tour dates‏

Embers will be on tour in Europe from May 25th through June 10th. To read more about updated tour dates and places you can go to http://iconoclastrecords.org/. In an effort to raise money to buy our plane tickets, we are encouraging Embers's fans to download our new album, "Shadows" for a donation and/or to purchase beautifully crafted Embers illustrations on T-shirtst, Long Sleeves and Patches here: http://embers.bandcamp.com/

We hope to see you on the road!
Thanks and Cheers~
Embers
embersmusic@gmail.com

Links to the rest of our sites are listed below:

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Embers' Master Recording is Lost in the Italian Post!!!

Embers versus the Italian post!!! Where is the Embers master recording?!?! It never arrived with Iconoclast. We're still waiting. No news yet, but we need it to show up before our tour.

Embers is raising money to get our asses to Europe for an upcoming tour in May. Buy our AWESOME merchandise!!! T-shirts, long-sleeves, C.D.'s, records or whatever you want. We'll just make it. All our merch has dark iconic imagery.

http://embers.bandcamp.com/