“...The Grim Awakening is packed with quality riffs and clever songwriting flying past in a flash of jazzy guitar work and double bass kick drums... The result feels like watching terrible devastation unfold while still feeling the heat..."”
Metal Hammer (7/10)
"...Technically, these guys are as tight as a camel's bum hole in a sand storm... If this is your first encounter with Ancient Ascendant, then you should be quite impressed with what they have given us on this one."
Powerplay Magazine (7/10)
"...A debut laden with promise and invention, The Heathen Throne takes in skull rattling dark
thrash, pummelling mid-paced doom and even some jagged, staccato grooves that reek of the
early 90s... a very British sounding slab of dark metal that points towards a very bright and
fruitful future for all concerned..."
"...Sparking memories of early In Flames one minute, Entombed and Dismember the next…
The gloriously murky graveyard scene on the cover is as evocative and professional as the
impeccable song writing, all of which commands you to bow your head in reverence to the
future of English death metal..."
Zero Tolerance Magazine (5.5/6)
““..The solid tempo and pace created an old school death metal feel whilst injecting some new
ideas. From Reading, formed in 2005, not so Ancient but definitely Ascendant.””
Karl Willetts (Vocalist of Bolt Thrower)
““The Juggernaut that is Ancient Ascendant come at you like a bastard child which is the
result of an orgy between, Opeth, Entombed & Grand Magus. Ones to watch!"”
Conor Droney (Candlelight Records Digital Manager and A&R)
““You could probably throw all the standard "brutal," "face melting," adjectives at this band
and not run out. They all apply. Beatdown death metal vocals, riff-heavy guitars, and earabusing
Jeremy Rosen (Director of Digital Platforms & Web Sites for Roadrunner Records)
"...So, do I rate “Ancient Ascendant”? They’re not bad. OK, actually they are amazing.
Technical precision and perfection simply oozing with every note of this incredible release. If
I say that it’s a superb debut album, that doesn’t do it justice. This would be a superb album,
whoever released it..."
Live 4 Metal
““…This is an incredible mix of styles, and Ancient Ascendant know it… If you love your
metal, then this is a band you NEED to hear before another day passes…””
UK Metal Underground