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ASCENSION OF KINGS

Nth Ascension

 

Neo-Prog

3.87 | 45 ratings

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PH
5 stars Nth ASCENSION's new musical journey is called 'Ascension Of Kings'. It represents a curious diversity with shades of Magnum, Foreigner, Asia, early Marillion, Yes, Rush, Pink Floyd, Arena (to name a few). What's more, the concoction of influences melds into a passionate exploration of the band's own quirky style. All the ingredients are in right place. Predominantly, the compositions work on two levels: bombastic segments alternate with the delicate nuances and sublime melodies. The lyrics add some poetic feeling to this craftily arranged, compelling affair.. Well, let's elaborate. The opening track, 'Fourth Kingdom', brings a gravitas with exhilarating lead vocals (Michael 'SPUD' Alan Taylor), terrific guitar performance (Martin Walker), layers of synthesizers (Darrel Treece-Birch), energetic drumming (Craig Walker) and associated bass (Gavin Walker). The vanguard song is followed by 'Return Of The King', drawing on a subtly intense power that drives this instrumental forward. Next up, 'Strange Dreams', which starts enthusiastic, then continues changing and evolving throughout its duration. The pace slows down on 'Overture (Clanaan pt.1)' with a vaguely disquieting feel. Its successor, 'Realm With A Soul (Clanaan pt.2)', features gloomy mood and rather distant vocal harmonies. The third instrumental on this album is captivating 'Seventh Rider (Clanaan pt.3)'. Again, the guitar player sets his palette to the fore. In particular, Andy Latimer comes to mind. An unhurried tempo 'Weight Of The World' I'd describe like balladry Roxy Music coupled with Asia-type choruses. Finally, we have a monumental epic, Vision'. This tour-de-force brings the CD to a solemn close. Great stuff!.. Hope, the exquisitely packed 'Ascension Of Kings' will put Nth Ascension on the map of important prog-rock bands.
PH | 5/5 |

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