2017 Best of Metal: #19 Ancient Ascendant-Raise the Torch

Is gnarly still a term we are using?  Because it’s really the first word that is popping into my head when I think of this album.  This one belongs in a dingy, dimly lit pub in a dirty part of old town London.  This is the kind of death metal that you would expect to come out of England.  It’s a super blend of NWOBHM riffs and Scandinavian frosty death metal structures.  Maiden meets Insomnium, if you will.  And, to top it all off, it’s fun!!  Go back to my original review of this one and you’ll see how much I fell over myself about the addition of hand claps to death metal.  This one is an all-around party.  Gnarly, man.  Just gnarly.

Release date:  April 28, 2017

Personnel:  Alex Butler-guitar/vocals; Nariman Poushin-guitar; Alan Webb-bass; Dave Moulding-drums

Origin:  London, England

4 flip flops out of 5

The list so far:

19.  Ancient Ascendant-Raise the Torch
20.  Galactic Cowboys-Long Way Back To the Moon