One of the most under talked about albums of 2015. I'm guilty of not purchasing due to owning a promo copy until now (grabbed the tape). Like the others have said this is absolutely righteous! It's got a progressive psyche groove mixed with a proto-fueled classic rock harmony. Can I say Baroness meets Thin Lizzy?
Corsair put this out in February 2015 but this record is completely timeless. The guitar work is intricate, progressive and effortlessly heavy without relying on down tuning. The melodies are complex but feel natural, like you've always known them. Weaving a majestic hard rock spell punctuated with metallic flourishes, this is an immense album and will almost certainly be one of my favourites of 2015.
Favorite track: Ghostlands.
This pays off big time with the incredibly catchy “Brothers.” The vocals on the title track even manage to channel Phil Lynott’s soulful melancholy, no small achievement...highly recommended to those excited for the new Valkyrie and crave more. fastnbulbous.com/hard-rock-ascending/Favorite track: Brothers.
Paul Sebring - lead guitar, vocals (Ghostlands & Brothers)
Marie Landragin - lead guitar, vocals (Royal Stride)
Jordan Brunk - bass, vocals (Shadows From Breath, One Eyed Horse, Horn of the Luparii, Sparrows Cragg & Coriolis)
Wade Warfield - drums, precussion
Drums, bass & rhythm guitars tracked live Dec 2013 & Jan 2014 at White Star Sound, Louisa VA
Engineered by Adam Wolcott Smith and Andy Gems
Vocals, guitar solos & additional tracks recorded Jan 2014 at Mulberry Inn, Charlottesville, VA
Engineered by Jordan Brunk and Marie Landragin
Mixed by Chris Adams at Old Dominion Studios, Harrisonburg VA
Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, Portland OR
Artwork illustration & design - Elliott Downs
Layout - Marie Landragin
Special thanks to our fans, friends and family, Adam Wolcott Smith, Andy Gems, Matthew Gatto, Chris Keup, JJ Cohoon, Hugh Kalergis, Dave Bartok, Nicholas Liivak, Anna Landragin, Brandon Marcey, Pete Hagen, Thomas St. Clair Dean, Brad Day, WTJU, Dave Moore, Nick Rubin, Jordan Taylor, Amanda Laskey, Gwenael Berthy, Chris Adams, Elliott Downs, Brad Boatright, Tim at Shadow Kingdom Records, Steffen and Christian at High Roller Records, Wolf Muehlmann and our German brothers Sebastian Engelhardt & Ezio Sabottigh