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Review: Ascension - Far Beyond the Stars
Far Beyond the Stars

Label: Spiritual Beast
Year released: 2012
Duration: 61:18
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: February 9, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Far Beyond the Stars

Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (10 Votes)

There's something about the United Kingdom and playing Power Metal at an absolute breakneck pace. Dragonforce is the most well known band in this group but you also have Power Quest and now, Scotland's Ascension. Far Beyond the Stars is the band's debut full-length after a couple of EPs and singles. Speed is the name of the game and tracks like "Somewhere Back in Time" and "Blackthorne" make full use of double kick drums, high-pitched vocals and ultra-catchy choruses. The guitar work is crisp and clean with plenty of "toodle-oodle-oodle" soloing. The singing, as I said, is high and clear, in the Ben Sotto mold, which is funny because there is a song on the album called "Heavenly." The album starts to get a little Italian towards the end with the lyrics skewing in a fantasy direction ("The Silver Tide," "The Avatar") and the music more closely resembling Kaledon or Rhapsody. There are plenty of major chord modulations that give the songs that extra dose of "happiness." The Limb Music version, which is the one I'm reviewing, has a crappy Roxette cover closing out the album but since it is at the end, you can quite easily skip it.

To say Far Beyond the Stars resembles anything close to original would be completely false but that doesn't change the fact that it is full of high quality Power Metal. Fans of Dragonforce, Power Quest, Kaledon and the like should eat this up.

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