May 012014

serenity-ascendant Ascendant formed in Denmark during 2006 under their original name of Amorém. Over the years they made single recordings and played several concerts in Denmark and Germany. Alongside crafting their debut full-length album, ‘The Alteration’ (January 2012) they also decided to launch it under their new name. They stated “Ascendant for us means to look back on our ancestors, especially our ancestors from the Old Testament. But ascendant is also a synonym for Jesus who ascended from death.” Their style was likened to blackened death metal with progressive metalcore. It could be compared to A Hill To Die Upon, At The Gates, Becoming The Archetype, Gojira, Meshugga and Pantokrator.

The line-up was to become Josua Poulsen (lead vocal), Levi Rauff (drums), Jens Grønhøj (bass & backing vocals) and Kristoffer Vammen (guitar). Their follow-up ‘Serenity’ EP was launched at Elements of Rock 2014. The recording was done in Aarhus in Denmark at “the underworld” which is Levi’s home studio.  They used tube mics for vocal and acoustics guitars, and then a tube preamplifier for every track. It gives a depth to the sound, along with mastered though analogue equipment. They continue to combine unblack and progressive death metal, but with more melodic elements.

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Apr 142014

ascendant + logoAscendant is a metal band from Denmark, in 2012 they released their first album “The Alteration”. Last month Ascendant was part of the line-up of Elements Of Rock 2014 in Switzerland (a live video can be seen below). During EOR, they presented their new EP “Serenity”. Below you can read an interview with Josua & the other guys of Ascendant.

TMR: Hey guys this is ‘The Metal Resource’ from Holland, how are things going there in Denmark ?

Pretty great! We are all exited about our new EP release and what the future holds for us. Beside our own band, the Danish Christian metal band are few but all of them have some significant potential! Especially check out Unseen Faith, Captain Roselyn, Magtesløs and Prayers From The Abyss!

TMR: Will you Introduce yourself and the band please ! [name and instrument]

My name is Josua Poulsen, and I am the leadsinger of Ascendant. I am 22 years old and I am studying Political Science at fourth semester. Beside that I am doing some voluntarily jobs as the head of the economics in some organizations, the one of them is Sanctuary Denmark Continue reading »

Mar 192014

Ascendant_bandThe Danish metal band Ascendant played last weekend at the annual Elements of Rock Festival in Switzerland. Footage from their show can be seen below. At EOR the band also presented their new EP “Serenity”, The EP contains 4 tracks and is released in Europe independently, and will be released in the rest of the world via Shigionoth records. The EP is available for streaming on the bands bandcamp page now [link below].

“Serenity” is the follow up to “The Alteration” which was released in 2012.

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Eligibbor – “The Path of Suffering”

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Jan 052014

Elgibbor 2013Anyone familiar with black metal will instantly recognize the sound on The Path of Suffering by Elgibbor. For those not so familiar, this style/genre is often very dark and bleak, often conveying a sense of starkness and cold while at the same time impressing on the listener a sense of war and conflict. All of those elements are here in The Path of Suffering.

From the Metal Helm website (, The Path of Suffering was born largely out of struggles and trials the band members were going through during the recording process, and yet, while tested, they were able to focus their reliance on God and faith to overcome the trials. Although it is typically somewhat difficult to understand the shrill black metal shrieking, the basis for many of the lyrics are straight out of Holy Scripture, including passages from Psalms, 1 Chronicles, Jeremiah, and Revelation. Those unfamiliar with Elgibbor may be surprised to know that there are around 14 other full-length albums by the band since 2004 and a number of other splits and eps. The band is largely the project of Fire, a one-time Satanist who turned to Christianity and the one who handles all vocals and instruments. For this album, Fire brought on Armath Sargon to handle keyboards and Thundermorr for drums. Continue reading »

Dec 192013

Elgibbor.2014A new Elgibbor album will be released through American label Shigionoth Records on January 7th, 2014. The album entitled “The Path Of Suffering” will be distributed through official distributor Metal Helm.

‘Conqueror of the Nation’ [a full new song] and a 3.42 minutes long album teaser can both be streamed below.

As the title suggests this album was birthed out of pain and suffering, yet the focus of the lyrics on the album is not on the angst that life can bring but instead on the anchor of hope that our Savior is. It was a difficult time in the lives of the members of Elgibbor during the creation of this release, so much so that the lyrical content took on a life of its own. The writing process birthed not only Elgibbor’s best work to date but it helped the struggling members to gain footholds against the enemy’s attacks! Focusing their struggles to our one true hope in life Jesus Christ! Continue reading »