Unto Ashes

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Unto Ashes
OriginUnited States
GenresFolk, madrigal, Dark Wave, neo-medieval
Years active1997–present
MembersMichael Laird
Natalia Lincoln
Ericah Hagle

Unto Ashes is a musical ensemble based in New York City that incorporates madrigal, folk, and elements of neo-medieval and darkwave. Founded by Michael Laird and Susanna Melendez in 1997, the band has released eleven full-length CDs on the Projekt label (all recorded and produced by Laird). Previous members and contributors have included Kit Messick, Melody Henry, Spider Grandmother (pseudonym), Jeremy Bastard (pseudonym). The band has continued to collaborate with Paul Ash, Catherine Bent, Sonne Hagal, and Bret Helm from Audra (band). Singer Mariko a.k.a. Sarah Newman left the band in 2008 to work with the German Qntal project and related ensembles.[1]

The band has performed at the Wave-Gotik-Treffen Leipzig on four occasions: 2004, 2009, 2015, and 2019.

In 2006, the band toured Europe with Qntal. For the 2019 WGT concert, the band performed with Michael Popp, founding member of Qntal, at the Schauspielhaus Leipzig.


Guitar (acoustic and electric), hammered dulcimer, Appalachian dulcimer, hurdy-gurdy, violin, piano, keyboards, drums, percussion, cello, viola da gamba, harmonium, autoharp.



  • Moon Oppose Moon (1999 · Projekt [USA])
  • Saturn Return (2001 · Projekt [USA])
  • Empty Into White (2003 · Projekt [USA] / Kalinkaland [Germany])
  • I Cover You With Blood (EP) (2003 · Projekt [USA] / Kalinkaland [Germany])
  • Grave Blessings (2005 · Projekt [USA] / Kalinkaland [Germany])
  • Songs For A Widow (2006 · Projekt [USA] / Pandaimonium [Germany])
  • The Blood Of My Lady (2009 · Projekt [USA])
  • Spellbound in Winter (2012 · Projekt [USA])
  • Burials Foretold (2012 · Projekt [USA])
  • Ghosts Captured (2014 · Projekt [USA])
  • Pretty Haunted Things (2019 · Projekt [USA])


  • Palastinalied (2004)


  1. ^ Kutzer, Christoph (2012). "Mariko—Folge deinem Traum". Zillo Medieval (in German) (2): 45.

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