Joined: 30 Jan 2003
|Posted: Sat Oct 30, 2004 5:43 pm Post subject: ASCENDANCY – RISE OF A DEAD EMPIRE
|ASCENDANCY – RISE OF A DEAD EMPIRE
Fast an’ furious is the best way I can describe this four-piece from the US, zipping along like there’s no tomorrow, cutting everything and everyone down in their path. ‘Rise of a Dead Empire’ is a professional, 9-track demo (i.e., the band put time and money into it) from a ravenous and talented band, who will appeal to anyone out there who likes their death metal in the Hate Eternal/Internal Suffering camp.
The majority of songs are short (under three minutes) with some memorable riffs throughout – ‘My Blood Upon You’ especially. Of the tracks on offer here it’s the 5-minute plus ‘Forever Desensitized’ which offers the listener a break from the unrelenting bombardment of brutal death. Kicking off with a pounding drum solo from drummer-extraordinaire Seth, this track pummels you with Ascendancy’s brand of vicious metal, guitarist/vocalist Terence growling his lungs out like his life depended on it before taking their foot off the pedal, allowing a massive Black Sabbath-esque riff to calm things down a tad. Then, before you know it, they set a match to the thing and it’s away we go again.
It will be interesting to see what a record label’s backing could do for Ascendancy. They have the talent and the songs to make an impact the size of a messy gunshot wound on the scene – here’s hoping.