“Inverted Ascension” is the incinerating new track from Portland, Oregon-based death metal collective ASCENDED DEAD. The song is the latest precursor of the band’s impending second LP, Evenfall Of The Apocalypse, which is nearing release on 20 Buck Spin.
ASCENDED DEAD returns like abyss winds surging skyward from the ninth circle of Hell. Their first new album since 2017, Evenfall Of The Apocalypse, heralds the dawn of the final march to extermination via barely controlled death metal chaos and form-destroying necromancy.
Uniting guitarist/vocalist Jon Reider, guitarist Ian Lawrence, bassist Kevin Schreutelkamp, and drummer Charlie Koryn, ASCENDED DEAD plays death metal the ancient way with an intrinsically malign pedigree and methodical cruelty scarcely heard nowadays. Flesh-peeling intensity at warp-speed, technically frenzied leads that cut straight through bone and a relentless annihilating force that rarely ceases long enough to take a breath. Yet amidst this fiery conflagration a wholly deliberate and fanatical attention to detail and craft remain undeniable, allowing the pandemonium a distinct structure and memorability.
While the band has more than enough skill and ability to perform a darkly acoustic piece like “Passage To Eternity,” a rare moment of respite, repeated spins through Evenfall Of The Apocalypse only serve to perpetuate ASCENDED DEAD’s inexorable place at the vanguard of violent real death metal, carrying the banner into the future. Detrimental listening for fans of Possessed, Sadistic Intent, Necrovore, Force Of Darkness, Black Curse, Morbid Angel, Immolation, Angelcorpse, Sarcofago, Triumvir Foul, Concrete Winds, Ruin Lust, and Degial.
The instruments on Evenfall Of The Apocalypse were recorded by Charlie Koryn at Toadhouse Studios, the vocals tracked by Jason Gluck at Halsey Studios, with additional noise by Brian Rush, Charlie Koryn, and Jon Reider. The album was mixed and mastered by Stephen DeAcutis (Worm, Evoken) and completed with artwork by Kyle Bowen, photography by Aaron Pepelis and Scott Kinkade, and layout by Dan Fried.
Listen to ASCENDED DEAD’s “Inverted Ascension” at YouTube HERE and Bandcamp where prior single “Ungodly Death” is also playing HERE.
Evenfall Of The Apocalypse will be released on LP, CD, CS, and digital formats on May 12th. Find preorder options at the 20 Buck Spin webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.
ASCENDED DEAD today also announces the first tour supporting Evenfall Of The Apocalypse. The West Coast Apocalypse 2023 tour will see the band hitting nine cities in Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia from June 2nd through June 11th alongside Ireland’s Coscradh. See the confirmed routing below and stand by for additional tour dates to post shortly.
ASCENDED DEAD West Coast Apocalypse 2023 w/ Coscradh:
6/02/2023 The Nile Underground – Mesa, AZ
6/03/2023 Til Two – San Diego, CA
6/04/2023 Knucklehead – Los Angeles, CA
6/05/2023 Cafe Colonial – Sacramento, CA
6/06/2023 Thee Stork Club – Oakland, CA
6/08/2023 John Henry’s – Eugene, OR
6/09/2023 Dante’s – Portland, OR
6/10/2023 Central Saloon – Seattle, WA
6/11/2023 The Wise Hall – Vancouver, BC
Additionally, ASCENDED DEAD drummer Charlie Koryn currently also sits on death metal’s highest drum throne, playing for Morbid Angel on their ongoing US tour.