Thulcandra – Ascension Lost

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Anyone that has ventured into the Thulcandra back catalogue has probably noticed this German black metal band seem to exist as a living shrine to one of the former giants of the genre. Although their Dissection worship has decreased with every release, recent album Ascension Lost (Napalm) has not truly shaken off the homage to the band, with veins of Reinkaos (Black Horizon) rippling throughout.

Despite being inspired by such revered material, Ascension Lost leaves very little impression. Lacking any distinct identity or style of its own, the material passes by you with only vague echo of a few musical moments really standing out at the end. Ascension Lost falls into the trap of becoming black metal by numbers, filling in all the tremolos and blasts in all the right places to make a black metal track, but it lacks the atmosphere that is so crucial to the genre. It’s hard to deny the bands technical proficiency in both playing and song writing, but the music is devoid of personality. Being the side project of Obscura’s Steffen Kummerer, it is hardly surprising that technicality has taken preference that leaves the record lacking.

Fans of the band will already know what to expect from the album. The songs follow a similar style to their previous work and this album is no departure from this. Ascension Lost remains enjoyable boasting impressive riffs and drumming, but is also distinctly unmemorable. As the title suggests, Thulcandra haven’t ascended to any level of brilliance with this record and until they break from their Dissection homage, are unlikely to any time soon.

 

4.0/10

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Marduk, Dark Funeral, Krisiun, Anaal Nathrakh Confirmed For Kaltenbach Open Air

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Kaltenbach Open Air Festival has confirmed their lineup, happening August 20-22, 2015 at Spital am Semmering, Austria. The bands confirmed include:

MARDUK
DARK FUNERAL
AGALLOCH
KRISIUN
ANAAL NATHRAKH
ROTTING CHRIST
GOD DETHRONED
VALKYRJA
BENIGHTED
THULCANDRA
HELLSAW
DARKFALL
HIDEOUS DIVINITY
SELBSTENTLEIBUNG
TORTHARRY
DOOMAS
KILLING AGE
SUCKING LEECH
MATER MONSTIFERA
SCARECROW N.W.A.
THE MORPHEAN
AMONGST THE DECEIT
SUICIDE
MORTAL STRIKE
EREBOS
PROMETHEUS
BLESSMON
AMONG RATS
UZZIEL
ENCLAVE
PROGERIA BUFFET
BÄD HAMMER
RECTAL ROOTER
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Thulcandra Releasing New Album in February 2015

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German melodic black metallers Thulcandra will be issuing their third album Ascension Lost on February 2nd in the UK and February 10th in North America via Napalm Records.

Ascension Lost will be available in a limited first edition 6 Page Digipack with 4 bonus tracks and a limited 2 LP Gatefold Edition. See the whole track listing below:

Ascension Lost Track Listing:
1. The First Rebellion
2. Throne of Will
3. Deliverance in Sin and Death
4. Demigod Imprisoned
5. Interlude
6. Exalted Resistance
7. The Second Fall
8. Sorrow of the One
9. Ascension Lost
10. Outro
+ Bonus: Unreleased “Perishness Around Us” Demos
11. Perishness Around Us (Bonus Track)
12. Frozen Kingdom (Bonus Track)
13. Dreaming (Bonus Track)
14. Immortality (Bonus Track)

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