Amber Asylum

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Amber Asylum
Origin United States
Genres Neoclassical, dark ambient, post-rock, gothic rock, progressive metal, folk metal, avant-garde metal[1]
Labels Profound Lore Records (present)
Release Entertainment (1997–2000)

Amber Asylum is a highly variable San Francisco-based music group that serves as a platform for composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Kris Force.[2] The current line up of Amber Asylum includes, in addition to Kris Force, Fern Lee Alberts (Deathgrave), Sarah Brady and Becky Hawk (Laudanum). Other members and performers have included Steve Von Till (Neurosis), Annabel Lee, Martha Burns, long-time collaborator Jackie Perez Gratz (Grayceon/Giant Squid/Asunder), Erica Stoltz (Lost Goat, Sanhedrin), Wendy Farina, Lorraine Rath (The Gault/Worm Ouroboros), Sarah Schaffer (Weakling), John Cobbet (Hammers of Misfortune/Ludicra, Vhol), Eric Wood (Man Is The Bastard, Bastard Noise), Leila Abdul-Rauf (Saros, Vastum, Hammers of Misfortune, Bastard Noise, Ionophore), Chiyo Nukaga (Noothgrush/Graves At Sea) and Sigrid Sheie (Hammers of Misfortune, Vhol). [3][4]

Amber Asylum's music is generally within the neoclassical or dark ambient genres, and it tends towards the romantic, introspective, and brooding. Violin and cello are the dominant instruments.



  • Frozen in Amber (1996, Elfenblut/Misanthropy) (reissued 2003, Neurot Recordings)[5]
  • The Natural Philosophy of Love (1997, Relapse Records)
  • Songs of Sex and Death (1999, Relapse Records)
  • The Supernatural Parlour Collection (2000, Relapse Records)
  • GardenOfLoveAutonomySuiteStillPoint 10" vinyl EP, (2005, Self Released)
  • Garden of Love EP, (2006, Paradigms Recordings)
  • Still Point (2007, Profound Lore Records)
  • Bitter River (2009, Profound Lore Records)
  • Sin Eater (2015, Prophecy Productions)
  • Anthology 1995-2015 (2015, Prophecy Productions)


  1. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry. "Amber Asylum". MusicMight. Retrieved May 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ Release Entertainment biography.
  3. ^ House of Tudor, Silke Tudor, SF Weekly, January 22, 2003. Accessed on line December 2, 2007.
  4. ^ Amber Asylum, biography, AllMusic. Accessed on line December 2, 2007.
  5. ^ Discography from official web site.

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