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Mammal’s Best of 2015 – Part 5/10



Today’s the day I knock a bunch of you off your branches. If you haven’t learnt how to fly yet, put padding under your tree before you climb up to your roost.

As I mention non-stop, I love many, many kinds of music. So do a lot of you. I know some of you, though, think country music is to metal as Voldemort is to Harry Potter. To you folks, let me irritate you further by stating that country music has some of the best voices of any genre, and it’s lovely background music after a long, lazy Sunday lunch.


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Album Review: Ascendia – The Lion and the Jester

AscendiaTheLionAndTheJesterLocation: Toronto, Canada

Genre: Progressive symphonic power metal

Release date: 21 December 2014

Label: Independent

Previous releases: This is their debut album

Tracks: 12

Length: 58 minutes

Recommended to: Fans of Dream Theater, Symphony X, Kamelot, Circus Maximus, Arena, Uriah Heep, Whitesnake and other quality, melodious metal and rock.

Mammal’s rating: 4 out of 5

I invented the genre label in the album info at the top of this post. I had to. Ascendia doesn’t slot into any single category. That is intentional by the band. They’ve been building their own, unique combination of styles and influences. In their case you might say, “One band fits all.” In my opinion they’d do damn well at any rock festival, prog festival or metal fest. Their appeal should span across a wide range of tastes.

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