Power of Metal.dk Review

Divine Ascension
Style: Symphonic Metal
Release date: 17 November, 2014
Playing time: 64:00

The second album by this band from Down Under is one that surely will be liked by a lot of our readers. The mix of symphonic elements, lots of keyboards, powerful rather low tuned guitar riffs, a bombastic production and a powerful female voice on top is really nice to listen to. The songs have some progressive elements in them and with the catchy keyboards and refrains the music sounds very open and easy listening. Jennifer Borg has an impressive voice, which sounds like a mix of Sharon Den Adel and Floor Jansen, but then without the opera singing style but with a more power metal kind of approach.

Because of the low tuned guitars most of the songs sound rather heavy. In between the heavier songs there are two ballads "Red Sky"and "Memoria's Longing" in which the beautiful voice of Jennifer takes the lead. I like heavier songs more. The with aggressive guitarriffs starting song "Stronger", the keyboard parts overwhelmed song "Crystal Tears" and the progressive track "Machine" are with "The Final Stand" four of my favorite tracks. The best track however is "Hideaway", this progressive metal song has it all, great riffs, powerful singing, some softer parts and a lot of tempo changes.

If you like a mix of Nightwish, Stratovarius, Within Temptation, Epica, Amberian Dawn, Lacuna Coil, with progressive metal elements and one of the better female voices in the scene...

You really SHOULD or should I say MUST check this one out!

01. Dawn Brings No Mercy
My Contender Lies
Sorrow's Sacrifice
Crystal Tears
Red Sky
09. The Final Stand
10. Hideaway
11. Memoria's Longing
Label: Vicisolum Productions
Distribution: Vicisolum Productions
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 14 November, 2014
Website: www.divine-ascension.com