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Arc of Ascent - Album Review: Realms of the Metaphysical

07 Apr 2017 // A review by River Tucker

The third full-length album from Arc of Ascent, Realms of the Metaphysical, is an uplifting release full of dark beauty and stand out vocals. 

Like their two previous releases, Circle Of The Sun and The Higher Key, these songs will translate well live. New drummer Mark McGeady’s dry sounding kit provides a nice low-fi quality to Arc of Ascent's expansive psychedelic rock sound. This works well when the band really lets rip to create that coveted Spector Sound we all know and love.

Sticking to the tried and true, intro track Set the Planets Free demands to be played loud. Long build-ups and solid rhythms keep your attention transfixed while Matt Cole-Baker’s overdriven guitar provides huge amounts of depth to the stereo image. With moments of musical genius, Eyes of Sages has trance inducing riffs sure to get audiences amped and just like his bass, Craig Williamson’s vocal delivery is right in the pocket.

Preaching the heavy metal gospel, Hexagram has a chorus to die for and sparse solos that often impart a cathedral like spookiness. However the stand out track In the Light is even more masterful in its simplicity. At times a single bent guitar note is all that holds the song together. Similarly, riffing on Benediction Moon meanders around the fret board skilfully with chord progressions that cement the predominantly stoner rock together.

Outgoing track Temple Stone sees a return of Indian inspired scales with a doom-like verse before the guitar solo that’s particularly effective. The slow build up to the middle eight with powerful harmonics and organ sounding guitar synth are nice touches as well.

For the most part a hands off approach to Kenny MacDonald’s mixing works well throughout. This might be a six-track release but the songs are extensive. Get some good bang for your buck and check it out today.



About Arc of Ascent

Psychedelic Stoner Doom from Hamilton.

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Realms Of The Metaphysical
Year: 2017
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
The Higher Key
Year: 2012
Type: Album
Circle Of The Sun
Year: 2012
Type: Album

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