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Appalling Ascension

by The Ominous Circle

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𝖙𝖜𝖎𝖘𝖙𝖊𝖉𝖘𝖔𝖓𝖔𝖋𝖜𝖆𝖙𝖘𝖔𝖓 thumbnail
𝖙𝖜𝖎𝖘𝖙𝖊𝖉𝖘𝖔𝖓𝖔𝖋𝖜𝖆𝖙𝖘𝖔𝖓 This is exactly how I like my metal of death. Why this has only come to my attention recently is beyond me, but I sure am glad it has. Dissonant, chaotic, festering, malignant, and putrid. There are obvious echoes akin to other purveyors of metal of death such as Portal, Altarage and Dead Congregation, but The Ominous Circle, like the aforementioned bands, stand alone in their delivery, and Appalling Ascension remains a distinct experience. One well worth having, over and over again. Favorite track: Poison Fumes.
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mourner This is pure gold of the pitch black kind. Very dark and heavy death metal with strong riffs, enriched with fitting melodies and subtil atmospheric parts that add up to the great crushing whole of a highly recommended debut album of a band to reckon with.
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FLXFR A true display of pure Blackened Blasphemy and Sublime Reverence for Total Spiritual Death! Favorite track: Consecrating His Mark.
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Poison Fumes 07:37
to En 05:59


Comprised of membership from the blinding light regions of Portugal, The Ominous Circle is a burning black sphere of sinuous torment taking shape over their native land. ‘Appalling Ascension’ is the Circle's initiation into this upper physical world, undulating like a prophesied curse into the increasing chaos of modern ‘life’.

While the reverent tropes of nowadays Death Metal will be recognizable to Circle adherents, the cauldron is mixed in myriad conjurations that stray from the retreating safety inferior forces are prone to linger in. Moments of oppressive Death Doom, grinding blasts of mania, rancid melodies and mid-tempo dynamic necromancy on tracks like ‘From Endless Chasms and ‘As The Worm Descends’ canonize these odious psalms into timeless lore.

The late obsession of some to ignore songwriting in favor of cavernous ambient suffocating “evil” doesn’t play on ‘Appalling Ascension’ - here instead, and most welcome, are crushing and barbarous Dark Death Metal songs for initiates to devote themselves to, and to enter into the pantheon of most memorable debut recordings. And in the fashion of the most auspicious horror, this is only the beginning…

Released by 20 Buck Spin in North America, and Osmose Productions in Europe.


released January 27, 2017


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