If a thrash attack is what you are looking for, or just an interesting listen overall, Ascendor has the tunes for you. Ascendor is an interesting thrash attack that not only applies the old school style of thrash now ask questions later, but they also add somewhat of a new spin. Instead of force feeding the listener their lunch every minute of every song, Ascendor adds a fair amount of atmosphere and melody to their music. Not just being straight forward thrash adds more depth and volume to the music giving the listener more to absorb.
Ascendor and their brand of thrash is dangerous. They are terrifyingly fast, gives you whiplash and not only that but it lures you in with the promise that it won’t harm you like other thrash albums have. The fact of the matter is that Drive My Demons Away does harm you and causes plenty of bodily harm just so there’s no way that you can escape its clutches.
Ascendor plays an old school style of thrash with a newer twist on it. Instead of playing just straight up and down thrash metal, and instead of trying to twist our heads off all of the time, they tend to slow songs down to make them a little more palatable and to create a sense of atmosphere. If each song was pure and blistering every second of the album, there is no way that you wouldn’t combust.
Not only is Drive My Demons Away blazing thrash metal, but it almost wanders into death metal territory every now and again. Instead of playing those inferno like riffs and rhythms, some of the songs feature romping and battering death metal riffs and sounds. You don’t just get thrash that already throws you around the room like a rag doll, but you get a touch of savage death as well.
Ascendor has a certain anger and evil about them that when they play you feel darkness bubbling from your speakers and a singeing inferno spouting from your ears. There’s just something about their sound that makes them cross a line into a darker realm.
Within Drive My Demons Away you find piercing riffs, galloping and somersaulting drums, a bass thick enough and powerful enough to sink San Francisco. Where the death metal begins to creep in a little bit is with the vocals. The vocalist doesn’t scream or yell how a traditional vocalist does, but his voice a a little more raspy and gravel filled bordering more on the death metal side of the spectrum. Perhaps all of that put together is what makes the evil creep through and the anger shine.
With all of its spite and general disgust of the human race, Drive My Demons Away isn’t without its melody and charm. Throughout the entire album you witness melodic and chaotic guitar solos and slowed tempos to create a certain kind of atmosphere. But as mentioned before, the majority of the album is a rude thrash awakening. Ascendor is a blazing mass of metal fury, and Drive My Demons Away is a great thrash album to bang your head to and cause as much mayhem as possible to.