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Ancient Ascendant - Echoes And Cinder Award winner

Ancient Ascendant
Echoes And Cinder
by Keith "Zirra" Ham at 04 May 2014, 11:55 PM

‘Unexpected’ goes far beyond my initial reactions for ANCIENT ASCENDANT’s “Echoes And Cinder”. Upon listening to this album, I was met with a collection of 8 completely brutal and satisfying tracks. I expected that this album at some point would falter but the whole way from “Crones To the Flame” to “Caged in Tunnels of Time” - I was continuously surprised. If I was to sum this review up quickly, I’d say that without a doubt “Echoes and Cinder” is one of the best Death Metal albums of 2014.

Death Metal, for me, is usually very dependent on the vocal talent behind the work. A slight hiccup in the vocals can make things either painfully bad or painfully boring. Oh my, ANCIENT ASCENDANT’s hit the mark on vocals so well that I can’t fully explain it. The intensity and force in which vocalist Alex Butler completely pummels your eardrums is damn near enough to leave you awestruck. Not to mention, he balances a rather high vocal style by occasionally throwing in deep guttural bellows that just get my blood pumping. Speaking of which, through all the intensity and just plain brutality of the album, Ancient Ascendants find a way to throw in a rather evil sounding up-tempo diddy called “The Toll of Mourning”.

This whole album sort of feels like what VAMPIRE was going for with their release, only much larger in scope and just sharper all around - not to rob VAMPIRE of their completely awesome release but I’d rate ANCIENT ASCENDANT a little higher on the scale. Sadly, us Vinyl collectors aren’t getting this thing on wax! Something needs to be done about that.

4 Star Rating

1. Crones to the Flames
2. Patterns of Bane
3. Riders
4. Fuelling the Flare
5. Embers
6. To Break the Binds
7. The Toll of Mourning
8. Caged in the Tunnels of Time
Alan Webb - Bass
Dave Moulding - Drums
Nariman Poushin - Guitars
Alex Butler - Vocals, Guitars
Record Label: Candlelight Records


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