ASCENDED DEAD return 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 first Evenfall Of The Apocalypse single, “Ungodly Death,” now at YouTube HERE and Bandcamp HERE.
Watch for US and European tours from ASCENDED DEAD being planned for 2023. Additionally, Charlie Koryn currently also sits on death metal’s highest drum throne, playing for Morbid Angel on their ongoing US tour.
Evenfall Of The Apocalypse Track Listing:
1. Intro / Abhorrent Manifestation
2. Ungodly Death
3. Nexus Of The Black Flame
4. Bestial Vengeance
5. Tantum Bellum
6. Inverted Ascension
7. The Curse / Enveloped In Thorns
8. Visceral Strike
9. Passage To Eternity
10. Evenfall Of The Apocalypse
11. Intransigent Blackness (Outro)
Jon Reider – guitar, vocals
Ian Lawrence – guitar
Kevin Schreutelkamp – bass
Charlie Koryn – drums