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Review: Ascendor - Circle of Violence
Circle of Violence

Label: Independent
Year released: 2020
Duration: 31:59
Tracks: 8
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: January 11, 2021
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Circle of Violence

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

Ascendor are an old-school Thrash act from Malta of all places, forming in 2011 and being pretty active in that time. Circle of Violence is their fourth full-length album, and it bows before the altars of Kreator, Destruction, and Exodus as it spews out fistfuls of chunky, vicious Thrash that could have easily been released alongside Bonded by Blood and Pleasure to Kill. They show a degree of technicality not too far off from what you'd find in the American scene, and when combined with a rough and melodic edge it makes for a slab of hooky songwriting, killer riffs, and sick, Slayer-esque solos. Vocalist Steve Muscat sounds a bit like Mark Osegueda and Rob Urbinati while bassist (brother, maybe?) Blasio Muscat lays down some solid bass lines throughout. But really, everyone turns in a solid performance to create some damn solid Thrash that maybe won't put Malta on the underground map anytime soon, but it definitely shows you that Thrash is a universal language that can be found in places far and wide, not just in the usual hotbeds. A worthy addition to any Thrash fan's collection.

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