Mixed with groove to spare, riffs that will get stuck inside of your head like a parasite and an overall well rounded sound, The Ascended bring forth ten new tracks to bang your head to with Awaken Within. Through each of the ten tracks here, The Ascended provide you with highly memorable tracks one right after another warranting that you press the play button again and again once all has concluded. Each track is melodic, groove filled, in your face from the drop of the first note and overall down right heavy. The Ascended don’t wait around for you to get comfortable before they blow the doors right off of the hinges with their blasting relentless opener A World On Fire. This track sets you up perfectly for the rest of the neck snapping that is to come.
After A World On Fire, you can come to expect more of the same from The Ascended through the next nine tracks. Each track is as heavy, blasting and intoxicating as you would want them to be as they do their best not only to get stuck in your head but shred your face off in the process. With metalcore seeming to be a main influence on the band’s overall sound, you wouldn’t think that their overall sound would be nearly as aggressive as it is, but it certainly is. From the first track on, The Ascended march onward supplying you with blistering, blasting and brain buzzing tracks one right after another.
Throughout this release you are treated to excellent musicianship and powerful unearthly growls that are clear and easy to understand that are occasionally backed by gritty and well placed cleans. The great musicianship backed with a clean and clear production make this to be a well rounded and addicting release to listen to. Before you know it you keep reaching for the play button just to listen over and over again. The Ascended does a great job of digging their hooks in to right from the get go never to let you go from their grasp.
Awaken Within is an engaging and highly entertaining release, that supplies the heavy, groove and melody in droves making you come back for more and more. Each of the tracks within this release are well done never to make one track stand tall above the others as each one is very solid and very well constructed. Awaken Within is a solid record, one that you certainly will keep coming back to.