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Rise To The Sky - Per Aspera Ad Astra Award winner

Rise To The Sky
Per Aspera Ad Astra
by Laura Glover at 17 August 2021, 7:18 AM

Per Aspera Ad Astra”, is a Latin phrase meaning “through hardships to the stars”. A fantastical name for an album written on the darkest depths of the night sky. RISE TO THE SKY is a one-man act by Sergio Gonzalez Catalan, of Santiago, Chile. “Per Aspera Ad Astra” is being released on September 3, 2021. While it appears, RISE TO THE SKY may be new on the Death/Doom scene; however, it is notable that the following he is gaining already consists of many diehards.

Life in Suspense” - A softer note, a melody plucked on guitar; raging with passionate force explodes into existence as the birth of a star. A vast expanse of whimsical notes dances a dance of nostalgic sorrow. Cosmic tides of despair break frothy waves of rage. “The Loss of Hope” - Enters with a haunting note. Morose and dark, crescendo into rising riffs on guitar. Sergio’s low, dramatic voice sets the stage and sings poetic, growly lyrics. The musical prowess of this song is like a drug for your brain.

Per Aspera Ad Astra” - This song was written after the loss of Sergio’s father. After the burial, he came home and wrote this song. Truly, the majestic orchestra quality of these notes speaks of the deep ache of grief. I, too, lost someone I loved dearly last year and I can feel the pain in this song. “Through hardships to the stars”; go to your heart, you will find me there. “End My Night” - The melodic softness of this song lulls you to a peaceful place; musical notes lead the way to a path of wonder. The guitar is absolutely phenomenal throughout this album; soft and luscious, yet hard and fast when needed. Backed by the depth and fullness of Sergio’s voice, it creates such a feeling.

Per Aspera Ad Astra” is a stunning album, masterfully created music. RISE TO THE SKY is a band that may just well do that due to his immense talent. There is a haunting depth that stands out throughout this album, and definitely puts you in a mood of longing. If you have not heard this band yet, you need to!

Songwriting: 10
Musicianship: 10
Memorability: 10
Production: 10

5 Star Rating

1. Life in Supreme
2. The Loss of Hope
3. Per Aspera Ad Astra
4. End My Night
5. Deep Lament
6. Bleeding Heart
7. Only Our Past Remains
8. …
Sergio Gonzalez Catalan  – Everything
Record Label: GS Productions


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Edited 29 September 2022

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