another new band on the Lion Music roster that is sure to turn
some heads. Ashent hail from Italy, and their new CD
Deconstructive is a solid display of melodic progressive
metal with a bit of technical extreme metal thrown in for good
measure. Think Dream Theater meets Into Eternity and you have a
good idea of what these guys are cooking here. Lead singer Steve
Braun provides some stellar vocals, and he's assisted with the
occasional growl from bass player Gianpaolo Falanga. Add in the
capable talents of guitarists Onofrio Falanga & Cristiano
Bergamo, keyboard player Paolo Torresani, and drummer David Buso,
and Ashent prove to have all the tools to really make some waves
in the prog-metal genre.
Opening cut "Sinking Beneath" shows the Into Eternity
influence right out of the gate, clean vocals and growls doing
battle over a thrashy, technical miasma of solid musicianship.
More melodic fare can be heard on "Imperfect" and "Ephemera",
the latter a real impressive piece fueled by Braun's soaring
pipes, symphonic keys, and blistering guitar work. The complex
"The Resonance of Life" is a real barnburner, intricate guitar &
rhythmic patterns laying the foundation, with Torresani's
orchestral synths floating in the background, while "Cassandra"
is a more symphonic number but still containing some heavy riffs
and dynamic drum work. Other solid tracks include the raging "Spectral
Vanity" (featuring some ripping guitar solos and lead bass lines),
the lush "How Could It Feel Like This?", the wild, fusion
instrumental ""Ebb and Flow of Awareness", and the thrashy prog
that is "Eclipsing Binary", with its heavy, complex riffs, manic
drum fills, and mix of clean and growling vocal styles. The
vocal melodies are catchy all the way around on this release,
making the tunes instantly memorable while the overall
musicianship impresses on many levels.
This is a great sounding CD (produced by the band and mixed
by Luigi Stefanini at New Sin Studio), and an extra added bonus
is the stunning artwork adorning the booklet courtesy of Mario
Sanchez Nevado. Basically, for all you prog-metal fans out there,
this is a no brainer of a purchase, and Ashent have certainly
proved to be a band to watch out for.
1) Sinking Beneath
4) To Develop Self-Creativity
5) The Resonance of Life
7) Spectral Vanity
8) How Could It Feel Like This?
9) Ebb and Flow of Awareness
10) Starlinked Innerness
11) Eclipsing Binary
12) Music For Departures