This is lo-fi doom rock with a distinctly ancient feel to it. Ascending Demons offers up 15 minutes of this, with downbeat riffs and the some old-school death/doom-styled melodies mixed in.
This certainly makes me feel nostalgic for the old Peaceville days in some ways, although as a whole Ascending demons has more of a bluesy, rockish side to it than the old Anathema/Paradise Lost/etc. did.
The vocals have plenty of character and are seemingly as ancient as the music. With a firm, confident delivery, the singer exercises his lungs with a decent performance.
I think my favourite thing about this release is probably the forlorn melodies, although obviously the surrounding musical scaffold is important to the effectiveness of these parts.
I like this. It’s written-well and has a simple, honest catchiness to it that’s missing from a lot of music these days.
Check it out.