Biography Introduction

Adorned in Ash (AiA) is a female fronted Christian Extreme Hybrid Metal band from Pretoria, South Africa. Our influences include thrash, speed and groove metal to more progressive & technical death & black metal.

We are influenced by bands such as Becoming the Archetype, Fearscape, Antestor, Woe of Tyrants, Impending Doom, Synnove, Sympathy, War Of ages, Miseration, Tourniquet, Mortification, Living Sacrifice, Frost like Ashes, A Hill To Die Upon and EXTOL, all being Christian bands within the Metal Genre.

We aim to bring melody as well as technicality into our music, in order to appeal to a wide and varying audience, without ever compromising on the brutality & power of the death metal genre.

Ultimately, the band exists for one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to bring glory to the One Eternal and Mighty God, who sent His Son Jesus Christ to rescue us from hell…and ourselves.

Thanks to His death, we can truly live. Our bodies may fade away, but our hearts are being transformed from strength to strength. This temporary world may turn against us, but we will endure forever under His perfect love and faithfulness.

Adorned in Ash in the Metal Scene

Adorned in Ash has shared the stage with some of South Africa’s best and biggest metal bands. They have had the privilege to open for the international act Becoming the Archetype (USA) on their South African tour in 2010 and has performed at WITCHFEST 2015 with international acts including: Cannibal Corpse, Decapitated, Kataklysm, Septicflesh, Epica, Aborted,  Fleshgod Apocalypse, Belphegor, Alestorm, Carnifex, Hatebreed, Restock and Skinned. Most recently the band performed with Periphery and Norma Jean at Krank’d Up 2016.

The band has also performed GORO FEST 2014 in Mozambique which marked their first international event. They have performed in Mozambique a second time and has also toured to Botswana for Overthrust Winter Metal Mania 2016.

AiA has performed across South Africa  as part of the “Among Ashes” tour, promoting their recently released album “The Dead Walk Among Us”. These include shows in metal clubs throughout their home province including legendary metal club Zeplin’s’ “Metal Rights Day”, a three-day outdoor festival, charity event with South African metal legends Agro.

Past gigs have included many events at Gauteng clubs & outdoor venues, the Rocknights at the South African State Theatre, a three-day outdoor festival, the launch party for the South African Metal Head Association as well as Metal4Africa’s SummerFest, held in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Adorned in Ash is continually trending on Reverbnation and peaked at no. 1 in a recent Gauteng Metal chart and at no. 4 nationally (South Africa).

Adorned in Ash is also incredibly proud to have aligned with Jackson guitars and basses as official Jackson artists.

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Debut Album

Adorned in Ash released their long-awaited debut album “The Dead Walk Among Us” on the 1st of February 2014 to great reviews internationally.

The album consists of 10 original songs recorded at South African guitar legend Nathan Smith’s Open Track Studios and was mixed and mastered by Robyn Ferguson and Adorned in Ash. The album art includes photography by Vlademirovka Photography with the original concept by Adorned in Ash. Distribution is currently handled by the band and includes local orders available through and by No Ordinary Outfit as well as international orders available through in Australia, in Norway, orders from Finland, White Metal Shop in Sweden, Sanctus Gladius (USA) and in the USA, with including merchandise such as T-shirts and hoodies. All of these websites offer shipping worldwide for a global reach.  The album is also available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Bandcamp and more.

Radio Airplay and International Exposure

We are extremely grateful to have received airplay for our released singles on our local stations TUKS FM 107.2, Zone Radio (Cape Town) and Mix FM 93.8 as well as international airplay on TBFM Online Radio (London, UK) and Power Praise FM (Australia).

Adorned in Ash was the only South African metal band in the top 150 bands chosen for one of the biggest online battle of the bands called the TBFM Factor hosted by TBFM in the UK in 2012 and received international recognition with our single Human Torch.

AiA has also been featured in various online publications including Black Mountain Magazine, Black Apple E-Zine, SA Guitarist Online Magazine,, Underground Press, Fanbase Magazine and KZK101 online magazine and many more.


2016- Nominated for Best Music Video in the 2016 South African Metal Music Awards (SAMMA)

2015- AWARDED Best Death Metal Band in the 2015 South African Metal Music Awards (SAMMA)

2015- Nominated in 2 South African Metal Music Awards categories:
1. Best Death Metal Band
2. Best Music Video

2014- Nominated in 3 South African Metal Music Awards categories:
1. Best Black Metal band
2. Best Live Act
3. Best Metal Vocalist




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Robyn Ferguson

Mark Ivey

Leon van Rensburg

Colin Deacon


Adorned in Ash, Jackson Guitars, Robyn Ferguson, Marinus Terblanche, Leon van Rensburg