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ASCENSION OF KINGS

Nth Ascension

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3.87 | 44 ratings | 3 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Fourth Kingdom (6:24)
2. Return Of The King (3:41)
3. Strange Dreams (7:30)
4. Overture (Clanaan pt 1) (6:12)
5. Realm With A Soul (Clanaan pt 2) (3:52)
6. Seventh Rider (Clanaan pt 3) (4:02)
7. Weight Of The World (6:44)
8. Vision (18:43)

Total Time 57:08

Line-up / Musicians

- Michael Alan Taylor / vocals
- Martin Walker / guitars
- Darrel Treece-Birch / keyboards
- Gavin Walker / bass
- Craig Walker / drums, percussion

With:
- Gary Hughes / backing vocals

Releases information

Artwork: Oliver Pengilley

CD Sonic Vista Music ‎- AUROEX045 (2014, UK)

FLAC download - bandcamp.com

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NTH ASCENSION Ascension Of Kings ratings distribution


3.87
(44 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
18%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
39%
Good, but non-essential (25%)
25%
Collectors/fans only (14%)
14%
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)
5%

NTH ASCENSION Ascension Of Kings reviews


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Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars UK band NTH ASCENSION was formed at the start of 2010, initially as a quartet, and one year later they released a debut album of sorts: A live demo album called "Frequencies of Day and Night" which was made available as a CD-R and as a free digital download. "Ascension of Kings", their official debut album, was released through the now apparently dormant UK label Sonic Vista Music. The band has since signed with the US label Melodic Revolution Records, which currently also has the distribution rights to this album.

Nth Ascension is a band that, on this occasion, combines classic hard rock sounds with vintage-like neo progressive rock, exploring each style individually at first and then combined at the end of the CD. Those who tend to enjoy bands such as Magnum and Saga just as much as Marillion and Pendragon should feel right at home with the contents of this CD, and should probably take the time to get familiar with it.

Review by kev rowland
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Prog Team
4 stars In 2009, drummer Craig Walker was asked to stand in for a local band, where he met keyboard player Darrel Treece-Birch, who was also helping them out. This led to them deciding to start a new project together, and they brought along Darrel's long time collaborators Martin Walker (who just happens to be Craig's dad) and singer/bassist Alan 'Spud' Taylor. After the release of a demo, Gavin Walker (Craig's brother, Martin's son ? are you following this?) was brought in as bassist to allow Alan to concentrate on singing. At the time of the release (2014) Darrel was in two other bands, one of which was Ten (with whom he is still with today), and singer Gary Hughes helped out by engineering and producing Alan, as well as providing some backing vocals. But these guys are a totally different style of music to what Darrel plays in Ten.

Some people will argue that these guys are neo prog, while others may look to crossover, but it is honestly just easier to state that they are a very English sounding prog band. Classic Pendragon have obviously been an influence, but so have some of the more keyboard- oriented pastoral bands of the past, and every time I play the classic "Weight of The World" the vocals remind me of some of the songs from Roger Glover's 'The Butterfly Ball'! I think what I like about the album is that there is so little stress within it, it is quite laid back at times, but they know when the guitars need to make an impact without always crunching out riffs. They are all fine musicians, but are quite happy to sit back and often let Darrel lead the musical flow while Alan sits over the top of it all with wonderfully melodious vocals. They close with the eighteen-minute-long "Vision" which allows them to musically stretch their wings, yet still keep it all contained and incredibly melodic. Driving, pastoral yet rocky when they need to be, melodic, musical, this is a really nice album indeed.

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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 o ... (read more)

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