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Culture of Ascent takes Glass Hammer into new territory. The performances of French guitar-virtuoso David Shreddy Wallimann prove the perfect marriage for the highly technical, prog-metal drumming of Matt Mendians; giving Culture of Ascent a modern edginess something unusual for a band well known for its mastery of analog gear and seventies proginess. But GH hasn t forgotten its classic prog-roots as YES front-man and Glass Hammer collaborator Jon Anderson makes his debut performances with the band on two of the albums tracks.
Culture of Ascent s lyrics are based in part on the best-selling Jon Krakauer novel, Into Thin Air , which tells first hand of the historical 1996 Mount Everest tragedy. GH still has their optimism intact however, as their new music evokes images of Everest s majesty as well as its many perils. The album s six epic tracks total over sixty-nine minutes. Glass Hammer s tenth release is a must-buy for fans, and sure to be a hit with connoisseurs of modern progressive rock.
I feel let down by this release: it had so much potential that was, ultimately, never fully realized. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Blake Henley
Glass Hammer perfected a good sound on "Lex Rex," "Shadowlands," and "The Inconsolable Secret." I thought that the idea of using the sounds of early 70's progressive rock to make... Read morePublished on October 24, 2009 by Amazon Customer
Alright, this cd to me deserves a 5, but because there aren't many reviews, I will give it a four. This is a truly awesome album. Read morePublished on June 14, 2009 by Racer300
I have to agree with what one of the media reviews said regarding this CD: " This is their best CD and that's saying a lot. Read morePublished on March 4, 2009 by NEOPROG RAN
Culture of ascent has it all - an album that is full intelligence and reaching for that pinnacle. The cover of Yes' "South side of the sky" immediately grabs ones attention as the... Read morePublished on February 7, 2009 by D Clark
If you are familiar with YES you'll recognize the first song, this version offers a new perspective since it is singed by a woman. Read morePublished on June 23, 2008 by Rigo
Like one reviewer, the first couple of times I heard Culture of Ascent, I was at a loss for words. Yet like another reviewer, I originally thought that this was slightly inferior... Read morePublished on May 4, 2008 by Kurt Harding
"Culture of Ascent" is Glass Hammer's 10th album, which was released October 23rd, 2007. On this album, Glass Hammer appears to be a band which isn't struggling to find their own... Read morePublished on April 12, 2008 by Dave_42