SAINTS OF DEATH – Ascend to the Throne

SAINTS OF DEATH - Ascend to the Throne
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HeadRattle Records
Release date: July 10, 2020

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Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, Saints of Death started off as a Motörhead tribute band. After re-grouping from a break-up, the band decided to focus on original material. Ever since he was a kid, frontman Twan Holliday wanted to have a band with two bass players. That dream is a reality. Holliday plays the 8-string bass, while Juan Helluva plays the 5-string bass. Together with guitarist Ashley Blue and drummer Christopher James, Saints of Death released their debut album Ascend to the Throne.

[Read our interview with Twan Holliday HERE]

Although it is just an instrumental intro track, “Call of the Kings” is something you would hear in a horror movie, just as the villain is about to strike around a dark corner. In that same vain, “You Can’t Run” delivers the killers point of view while he is giving chase to his next unlucky victim. You can practically hear vocalist Twan Holliday foaming at the mouth as the band sets a frantic pace. “Ascend to the Throne” builds slowly with thumping drums that swell into a frenzy. Holliday’s vocal growls are intense.

Twan spits vocal fire on “Watching Me Die.” Christopher James’ drum break down builds tension before Ashley Blue’s guitar solo kicks in. “Repentance” employs clean guitars and deep bass to set a dark and ominous mood. Holliday sounds as if he’s falling into a pit of regret and despair. “Soldiers of Metal” is a tribute to the Heavy Metal bands that stuck together and continued to wave the Metal flag.

Ascend to the Throne is short, sweet, and fierce.


  1. Call of the Kings
  2. Ascend to the Throne
  3. Watching Me Die
  4. God Can’t Help You Now
  5. Repentance
  6. You Can’t Run
  7. Soldiers of Metal


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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