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Ashent is an Italian progressive metal band formed in 2002 by brothers Gianpaolo (bass) and Onofrio Falanga (guitar). The lineup was later completed with the addition of Steve Braun (vocals), Davide Buso (drums), Crisitiano Bergamo (guitar) and Paolo Torresani (keyboards). With the lineup completed the band spent their first 2 years working on their sound and in 2003 they self-released a four song demo entitled with the band's name. The demo received well reception and praises from reviews and different magazines even getting named album of the month.

After a year of doing gigs and writing new material, at the start of 2005 the band signed a deal with Italian label: Lucretia Records (Angra, Time Machine). Their new album entitled Flaws of Elation was recorded between December 2005 and February 2006 and was finally released in November 2006, and received excellent reception even selling out in a few months.

Highly recommended for fans of Circus Maximus, Angra and Pagan's Mind.

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Flaws of Elation, studio album (2006)
Deconstructive, studio album (2009)

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 Deconstructive by ASHENT album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.30 | 11 ratings

Ashent Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Ashent is an Italian progressive metal band formed in 2002 by brothers Gianpaolo bass and Onofrio Falanga guitar. They released so far 3 albums, their second offer Deconstructive I guess is the most intresting from the 3, at least for me, even is far from excellent. I do not like in particular so called Circus Maximus clones, that girlie sweet voice is not really for me, and the arrangements are only ok, nothing more. Short pieces all 12 pieces are under 5 min minus one who has little over 6 min, but the progressive metal is all there, but simply I'm not so atached by the passages. All in all decent and totaly unintresting for me, but not bad, 3 stars with indulgence.
 Inheritance by ASHENT album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.81 | 7 ratings

Ashent Progressive Metal

Review by dtguitarfan

4 stars Ashent, an Italian Progressive Metal band, return in 2012 with their third release, Inheritance. This being a milestone for any band, it also sees Ashent returning after a period of change, with changes in the band's lineup. After the 2009 release of Deconstructive, Ashent announced three new members would be filling in: Titta Tani (Goblin,Daemonia, ex-Necrophagia, ex-DGM) on lead vocals, Gilles Boscolo on keyboards and Alessandro Cossu on second guitar. And so, with lineup changes like these, it comes as no surprise that Ashent are redefining themselves a bit. Inheritance finds Ashent taking a very unique stance on Progressive Metal, melding together various styles and sounds to create a somewhat unusual blend. Along with what might be considered the "typical" combination of Progressive Metal instruments with heavy guitars and synths, Ashent mixes in some Mellotron, Hammond, and Saxophone. This gives their sound an almost Neo Prog take on Progressive Metal. And dynamically, Ashent swings between more atmospheric and mellow sections to some louder, chaotic blends. Ashent has a way of using chord progressions where they fill every chord out to the point of almost bursting, adding dissonant tones to the more conventional structures. This is not only achieved with the instrumentation (often combining atmospheric keyboards that are reminiscent of Devin Townsend with some heavy, rhythmic guitars) but also with some very full harmonies in the vocals. Add to this a very dynamic rhythm section, and the music can at times be a little overwhelming. And Ashent deploys many different textures throughout the album, with modern synths, orchestral parts, sequencers, choirs, and even some fusion, making for a very dynamic experience. All this combined also gives them a sound that has a very new, crisp and modern feel to it. This is definitely an album that breaks the mold, and as such will leave some scratching their heads, while others will praise it highly.

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