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