for Aberdeen, Ascension's mission is a simple one, to bring big-ass twin
guitar licks to the Power Metal genre, along with earth shattering
drumming, sonic bass lines and fiery vocals, and this is what is
they’ve done in monstrous overtures with their album ‘Far
Beyond The Stars’, recorded at the aptly named Sonic Train Studio’s
in Sweden. Be prepared to step on board the fret-express with Ricki
Carnie (vocals), Stuart Docherty (guitars), Fraser Edwards (guitars), Dick
Gilchrist (drums) and Nick Black (bass guitar), and ride the lightening charged rails of Power Metal to all stations North,
East, South and West.
from the opening barrage of ‘Somewhere Back In Time’ and 'Blackthorn’, two
power metal monsters that open up the right perfectly and showcase the
fact that this band are really going for
the jugular, right from the off.
no-holds barred frenzied attack continues at full throttle with
‘Reflected Life’ and the double bass drum barrage of ‘Heavenly’,
before the eight minute epic ‘Moongate’. Another thunderous mix of
bass guitars, drums and fret-burning licks get this underway, before
Carnie unleashes another power-driven vocal assault.
screaming licks come thick and fast as the album continues its
outrageous speed fest with ‘Orb Of The Moon’s’, before things slow
down to almost walking pace, compared to what has gone before, with the
haunting melodies of ‘The Silver Tide’. Just as you catch your
breath it's time to pick it up once
more with the thumping ‘The Time Machine’.
all change once more for ‘Far Beyond The Stars’, which is the intro to a
melodic power driven metal of Ascension for the stunning ‘The
Avatar’, before the album closes in emphatic style with the blistering
‘Time For War’.
is definitely one hell of a debut release and I’m now that they've
just signed a worldwide release deal with Spiritual Beast records in
Japan, things can only get better for these guys. The
Japanese date for the release of this album is 21/3/2012, with the
European / UK / USA dates tbc soon, so if you like your metal at full throttle
and you're into the likes of Dragon Force, Power Quest and Hammerfall, then
these guys are definitely the ones for you.
Somewhere Back In Time
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