"Raise the Torch" is the third full length studio album from UK Death Metal quartet Ancient Ascendant, released April 21st, 2017 through Candlelight Records
As far back as 2008, with the independently released EP The Heathen Throne, Ancient Ascendant have been very clear in their intentions. And with a couple more EPs and two very well received albums under their belts, the English Black/Death Metal quartet have raised the bar again with latest full length, Raise The Torch (Candlelight).
Once more under the supervision of producer Dan Swanö (Opeth, Dissection, Katatonia), the band have augmented their style even further by not only taking their usual patchwork of influences and adding to them, but doing so with more cohesion, as well as lending more of their own personality to the proceedings this time. Raise The Torch is as reliably heavy as their previous albums, but experimentation and surprise are never too far away. None more so than on ‘Foreign Skies’, a clever combination of Soft Jazz, Prog, Black Metal and even NWOBHM, all washed down with a little splash of Gojira.
A band with the knack of being able to sound both European and fiercely English, sometimes within the same riff, this extremely talented Reading based act continue their confident march to the forefront of the UK Extreme Metal scene. 8.0/10 GARY ALCOCK