Beyond Salvation - Ascension EP
You can be pretty sure that any album that starts with a scream and a gunshot isn’t going to be a Carpenter’s LP or the St. Winifred’s Choir’s Greatest Hits – and you assume correctly. This, my friends, is Ascension: the debut EP from Mancunian thrastards Beyond Salvation.
Released this earleir this year, Ascension is brutal thrash metal with a particularly impressive and stunning sense of melody weaving in and out of the brutality that elevates it to a higher level. Indeed, this EP displays all the hallmarks of very experienced musicianship showing a maturity in the sound that has been crafted despite only forming in 2014.
What is immediately obvious at first listen are the bands influences. You can hear clearly the distinctive tones of thrash greats like Slayer, Anthrax and Exodus fed through early Sepultura with an aggressive, almost punk rock anger demonstrated not in the least by singer/guitarist Jon Pedley’s throat ripping vocal delivery. Simeon Moore provides rock solid drums, Karl Stone rumbling bass and Martin Coker’s guitar is a solid beast and a perfect accompaniment to Pedley’s guitar lines. Although the influences are clear, do not assume that this mere copy-cat thrash. Beyond Salvation have created their own monster here that’s equal parts impressive and as ugly as the monster that Victor Frankenstein created from individual body parts.
Massive breakdowns, melodic tremolo picking and furious riffing all feature throughout this splendid EP’s five tracks and it will have you bouncing around like a tit and draw funny looks from fellow motorists. Get this in your ears today or a puppy will die.
Words: Paul Cooke