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Review: Ascension - Far Beyond the Stars
Far Beyond the Stars

Label: Spiritual Beast
Year released: 2012
Duration: 61:18
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: July 14, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Far Beyond the Stars

Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (10 Votes)

Ascension are a band from Scotland who at first blush seem like a Dragonforce clone, and that is probably what got them attention, but I actually think they have more going on than that, and some songs on here show really solid potential.

Opener "Somewhere Back In Time" is a pretty shameless Dragonforce ripoff, and I was immediately skeptical, but following tracks show more solid songwriting at work. When Ascension slow down to a more Maidenesque gallop - as on "Reflected Life" or album highlight "The Time Machine" - they sound much more solid and catchy, with really hooky riffs and memorable choruses. Singer Richard Carnie is not the greatest, and he sometimes wanders off-note, but he goes after this with tremendous enthusiasm and energy.

This starts out sounding like a total Dragonforce ripoff, but it actually ends up being an entertaining album of Power Metal from a young band just finding their stride. Enjoyable.

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