After landing a deal with Pure Steel Publishing, UAE heavy power metal Band Ascendant released details of the debut album "A Thousand Echoes." The album, originally released independently back in May of 2017, will be released worldwide on April 20th.
Work on this album began in late 2014 and completed in 2017. The album was tracked and mixed at ‘Playback Lounge’ studios in Dubai and Mastered at Studio Fredman in Sweden. Consisting of 8 songs (not including the intro track), "A Thousand Echoes" is a heavy metal tour de force of real human stories steeped in war, struggle, tragedy and hope.
Inspired by the experiences of the members of the band and based on true stories – "A Thousand Echoes" has a foundation built on genuine emotion. Three of the five members grew up in Syria and each one of them has experienced loss and tragedy. They have seen firsthand the horrible effects of war on innocent people. With music being their method of expression, and with the events in their home country on their minds, multiple songs on this album deal with the unseen human victims of wars.
This album also features several guest contributors:
Brothers - Simon and Elias Abou Assali are featured on the song "Land of a Thousand Echoes" which is about people who risk their lives brave the dangerous sea crossing to escape their war-torn homes and find refuge someplace safer. Simon and Elias are survivors who made just such a crossing a few years ago. The album features the inimitable Lindsay Schoolcraft from the legendary Cradle of Filth on the track "Morning Light." Hadi Sarieddine (Solo & Benevolent, UAE) lent his considerable talents in the Intro Arrangements for "Twilight of Eden" and "Fog of War."
The track listing and artwork can be found here:
1. Twilight of Eden 2. Doomsday Machine 3. Walls Between Us 4. Fog Of War 5. Morning Light 6. Land Of A Thousand Echoes 7. False Illusion 8. Tears Of His Majesty 9. At The End Of The World