ASCENDANT – A Thousand Echoes

ASCENDANT - A Thousand Echoes
  • 9.5/10
    ASCENDANT - A Thousand Echoes - 9.5/10


Pure Steel Publishing
Release date: April 20, 2018

User Review
8/10 (1 vote)

April might be to soon to make the call for Heavy Metal debut of the year, but Ascendant’s A Thousand Echoes would be a strong contender no matter what month it was. Exceptional production values, top-shelf performances, unique songcraft powered by palpable emotions—three of the five members of Ascendant grew up in Syria, their homeland now in the throes of a horrific civil war—and a few guest appearances make A Thousand Echoes a very complete, satisfying album. Drummer Aram Kalousdian hits hard, controlling the pace and anchoring a very heavy sound that allows for various Progressive touches on many of the songs—the chanting intro on “Fog Of War”, sound effects on “Doomsday Machine”, rattletrap cymbals on “Tears Of His Majesty”, excellent guitar harmonics on “False Illusion” and “Walls Between Us’, a song where Kalousdian sounds like he’s trying to bash through those walls with his sticks—or fists.

Cradle Of Filth’s Lindsay Schoolcraft adds an aura of menace and mystery on “Morning Light”with a beautiful multi-tracked vocal. Next up is a the nine-minute “Land Of A Thousand Echoes”, featuring guest performances from Simon and Elias Abou Assali, who themselves made a treacherous sea journey, reflective of the lyrics, to escape their war-torn homeland. In sections, the song is the slowest on the album, but derives it’s power from an ever-shifting musical tapestry and Youmni Abou Al Zahab’s strong vocals. Ending with the thirteen minute epic “At The End Of The World”, A Thousand Echoes is a complexly layered, monster slab of Metal, with hints of Iron Maiden and late-period Testament. Not to be missed.



  • Daniel Waters

    Daniel was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. Iron Maiden’s Piece Of Mind wasn’t the first Metal album he owned, but it was the one that lifted the lid off his soul when he received the record as a gift on his 15th birthday. He's been a Metal fan ever since. He's probably best known as the author of various Young Adult novels such as the Generation Dead series and the ghost story Break My Heart 1,000 Times, now also a major motion picture entitled I Still See You, starring Bella Thorne. Writing and music, especially Heavy Metal music, has always been inextricably linked in his mind and career. His first paid gig doing any type of writing was for Cemetery Dance, where he wrote a horror-themed music column called Dead Beats, and when he was writing the first Generation Dead novel he had a ritual where he started his writing day with a Metal playlist that kicked off with “Crushing Belial” by Shadows Fall.

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