The band well and truly caught ZT’s attention back with their The Grim Awakening debut album and 2012’s Into The Dark EP. Into The Dark represented the latest evolution of the British death metal standard bearers, brought to life under the expert guidance of the legendary Dan Swanö (Opeth, Dissection, Dark Funeral, Bloodbath, Katatonia, Marduk etc…). The band deservedly went on to share stages with 1349, Bolt Thrower (by personal invite of the band), Rotting Christ, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Blood Red Throne, Aborted, and playing a packed out Sophie Lancaster stage at Bloodstock Open Air, as well as sharing a stage with the masters of Teutonic thrash Sodom!
2013 began with a busy touring schedule for the band, travelling the UK and Ireland with Enslaved/Winterfylleth, and as main support to Hypocrisy. The rest of the year was spent writing and recording their second full length album, once again with Dan Swanö at the helm, who had this to say about the band: “Ancient Ascendant combines all the right elements from black, death and thrash metal into one lethal blend, topped off with excellent musicianship and amazing vocals! One of the best brutal bands to come out of Britain…well…ever!!”
Preparing to release the follow up to 2012’s Into The Dark EP, we’re told that their new full length album continues in the style they have honed over the last six years while raising the bar in every conceivable way. More extremity, more melody, more groove and more evil.
Commenting on their signing to Candlelight, the band said: “We are so proud to be signing with the legendary Candlelight Records. Not only do we get to work with the great guys that run it, we get to share a roster with our good friends in Xerath, Winterfylleth and Eastern Front. Not to mention other bands like Pestilence and Ihsahn who have greatly influenced us to be the band we are today. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with such a great label.”
An official release date for the new album is yet to be confirmed, but the band will be on tour in April supporting Pestilence across Europe. Catch ’em if you can!
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