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Echoes and Cinder
These hulking British bruisers return with their sophomore effort. The band teams with legendary producer Dan Swano again to foist their brand of traditional death metal on the masses. The rumbling growls of vocalist Alex Butler is an invitation to perdition, precise and powerful over the technical riffs and timing changes. A substantial portion of this band's sound is built on the early Floridian death pioneers yet countered with groovy thrash licks that possess melody. Call it clever, call it entertaining, Ancient Ascendant are on a fast track to supremacy.
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