Talamasca - _Ascension_
(DCA Records, 2002)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
It happens so fast. Right from the get-go, Appleton, Wisconsin progressive metal act Talamasca come out of the starting gates with the triumphant "Cry for War", an epic song full of soaring vocals and stellar musicianship. I almost crapped my pants at the mighty burst of energy bursting out of the opening track. And this is only the first song?! As _Ascension_ continues on, we are welcomed by a good mix of beautifully assembled numbers like "Twisted Strand" and "Realization", songs that aren't just flashy numbers showcasing the tight musicianship of Talamasca, rather songs that help keep this already powerful display of metal high above the Heavens. Fans of Jag Panzer, Onward, Twisted Tower Dire, October 31 and other strong US acts making dents in the progressive/power/heavy metal music scene right now should check out Talamasca, as they really do shine at what they do and never seem to be following an blueprint of how the band should deliver the goods. They do it their own way and all we can do is sit back in total awe as _Ascension_ rumbles from our stereo speakers. Impressive!

Contact: http://www.dcarecordings.com

(article published 1/9/2002)


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