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Ascension Attempt

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 9, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deathwish Inc
  • ASIN: B0000BWVCE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904,782 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The BLINDING LIGHT - The Ascension Attempt

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Whoa!!! Progressive Hardcore? This is a damn tragedy that there are like 3 reviews for this CD, as far as I'm concerned this is likely the Best Hardcore I've heard in years.

The Blinding Light combines blistering, relentless hardcore pummeling with a strong sense of Rhythm and Melody. But what really makes this album special is `Aggression'... The last album I can think that even touched this album in its viciousness would be Vision of Disorder's Imprint. (Which also likely the last Hardcore album which blew me away like this.... Or Candiria's 300% Density.)

See my big issue with much of modern hardcore would have to be the faux tough-guy sounds... boring repetition of hatebreed style chugs and generic screams about kicking someone's ass. The great thing is that they seem unafraid to explore the more eclectic side of music. (2:45 of, Wake Up/The Wind Up is a good example of this, or even the intro to Earth Razor.)

Really the only flaw is the one dimensional Vocal styles which he harnesses for the majority of the album. But let's be honest for a debut this is a very minor criticism... Not to mention the main scream/yell he does is just freakin awesome.

A Previous reviewer had mentioned this would appeal to fans of Burst (Another eclectic Prog-Hardcore band) and Burnt By the Sun (A Sadly departed intense hardcore band.) I couldn't agree more... Also I would recommend it for fans of the classic V.O.D. This is Hardcore for People who dislike Hardcore... Fantastic CD.

Favorite Songs: Wake Up/The Wind Up, Earth Razor and Routine Seizure

-4.5 Stars

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This is one of the best hardcore albums I've heard in the last two years. The Ascension Attempt is set far apart from just about everything else out there. It's so dry and metallic, and at the same time, extremely groove-driven and heavy. There's a lot of metal influence, but very little room for generic instrumentation, and so there really isn't much that isn't completely original. The Ascension Attempt is far from boring or empty-the entire album is chock full of aggression and emotion, with a constant blend of metal and hardcore very few bands can pull off.
The Blinding Light, more than heavy and aggressive, is a bizarre mix of violent and quirky. Aside from the brutality of the album, there's a certain weirdness that is almost impossible to put your finger on-there's a slower, strange few second part in the third song, and various others, that are complete breaks from the raining brutality. In addition, there are some slightly sludgy, Isis-like parts, which throw an entirely different feeling into the mix.
The vocals are amazing, admittedly quite Slayer-like (also ex-Threadbare)...you come to parts in this album where you wonder if it's even hardcore at all, and if not, whether this band even fits into any category at all. The Ascension Attempt is overdriven, raw and unrefined, a particular production style that doesn't always go over well with people-however, it compliments their style perfectly. Enough said: you want something new? As overlooked and unnoticed as this band was previously, this album is a masterpiece in every way.
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I found out about The Blinding Light either back in high school or college. They had released an EP and two full length albums. This is the first album. It is drenched in intensity from the beginning to the end. Great album. Slayer and Converge fans will appreciate this.
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