BRIT DEATH METAL CHAMPS-IN-WAIT­ING PLOUGH TO THE FRONT OF THE PACK

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews - SAM LAW

THERE’S MORE than one way to skin a cat. More than one to stove your skull in, too. It’s a motto well suited to death met­allers An­cient As­cen­dant. Third LP Raise The Torch takes a cou­ple of min­utes to explode into life – pi­ano-led in­tro Reawak­en­ing bleed­ing into the de­cep­tively mourn­ful open­ing flick­ers of Our Way – but once the pedal’s floored, the avalanche of ex­plo­sive riffage, trea­cly grooves and vo­cal venom bris­tles with open-minded am­bi­tion. There’s Scal­ing The Gods’ crack­ing, black­ened bounce­abil­ity, For­eign Skies’ strange, proggy sound­scapes and sear­ing six-string flour­ishes, and the sheer bloody-minded stomp of al­bum-closer To The Cold, drop­ping the cur­tain like a ton of icy bricks. Bri­tish death metal’s been cry­ing out for new torch-bear­ers. Here’s hop­ing these are the sounds of a force on the rise. DOWN­LOAD: Scal­ing The Gods. FOR FANS OF: Opeth, Car­cass.

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