ASCENSION - FAR BEYOND THE STARS (Limb Music)

 

                              (Review by Officer Nice)

This ain’t at all a new band, it’s a Scottish band and they have nothing to do with the Black Metal band that lives under the same name. Yes, you read it right, these lads are heading from Scotland, one of the countries I really need to see before I die. As far as I know this band released two EP’s before and so we can mention this as the band’s first true album.

The band was able to let Andy LaRocque produce this album and as a big fan of this guitar player I was interested at once. Mister La Rocque remains a big name in our scčne and I do believe that this man doesn’t lend his hands if he would not believe in the band. Ascension’s brand are the fast guitars, often twin guitars and therefore they remind me often of Dragonforce. I admit I’m not the biggest fan of this band, a bit to hyperkinetic if you would ask me.

Ascension is, as above, not foreseen from a singer that can lift up this band to a higher level. This lad has a good voice but it doesn’t always work for me. Musical wise the band overwhelms because you will discover each instrument is very well played, great drums, outstanding guitars, superb bass lines but the song writing isn’t my cup of tea. Ricki Carnie contains a typical vocal sound for this kind of music and also fans of Sonata Arctica should try this band out.

One of the highlights is to me a cover, from Roxette, “Listen to your heart”. Roxette was a rising star some decades ago but we didn’t hear that much from her ever since. Talking about the band’s own tracks I can advise “Reflected Life” as one of the better ones, maybe the turning down of the tempo has a something to do with it. Also on a track like “Moongate” the band proves what they are capable of and therefore I see this debut as a positive start for the band.

What you can discover with Ascension is technical Power Metal in a European style on high speed from which you need to be a fan. On some points these Scottish lads are promising but overall this release didn’t blow me away. Nevertheless some outstanding musicians can be heard on “Far Beyond The Stars”.  In the present time the success of this subgenre has waned somewhat but I’m convinced that some of you readers will really like this one. So check them out at  http://www.ascensionband.co.uk 

My Points: 79 / 100      

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95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish