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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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