Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: March 20th 2009

Sophomore album from Ashent from Italy is a very solid piece of progressive metal with a twist. The fresh blend of powerful and progressive metal with more modern and aggressive metal puts the band in place where they can shine on their own.

Musically I would describe them as a mixture between Dream Theater, Symphony X, In Flames and Coheed and Cambria, and as weird as this combination it might sound they have managed to pull it off, and find a very small niche within the progressive metal genre. And everything works mostly due to the bands great writing abilities as well as a high technical level.

The songs are all created around some very strong vocal melodies, and even though the tempo's vary a lot; the songs often go from soft to heavy in an instant they are always focused and precise. The outcome is a very well written and played album, but the growling and aggressive singing style in the songs might turn some off from a great album, which is a real shame because I think they have found a perfect balance between the extreme and innovative sounds they incorporate in their style.

Good one!

01. Sinking Beneath
02. Imperfect
03. Ephemera
04. To Develop Self-Creativity
05. The Resonance of Life
06. Cassandra
07. Spectral Vanity
08. How Could it Feel Like This?
09. Ebb and Flow of Awareness
10. Starlinked Innerness
11. Eclipsing Binary
12. Music for Departure
Label: Lion Music
Promotion: Zink Music
Distribution: Bonnier/Amigo (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: March 15th 2009