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After three solo singles over the past few years Ian Toomey has taken the plunge and come up with his first solo album, ‘ASCENSION’. Backed by what is the modern-day Bitches Sin line-up, featuring a guest appearance by his brother Pete as well.
Instead of writing and rehearsing the album material before arriving at the studio to record, this time Ian decided to write in the studio, something he’d done successfully before with his second single ‘Never Alone’ (which is included on ‘Ascension’).
‘Ascension’ is full of delicious riffs and licks, weaving his magic as well as adding guitars and keyboards is Toomey’s long-term collaborator, friend and producer extraordinaire Chris Tsangarides.
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What 'they' are saying about 'Ascension'
Varied, energetic and well executed it has excellent production by Chris Tsangarides, who also handles the keyboard work, stunning guitar and a perfect singer who plays hard and with emotion.
...the wonderfully fun and energetic ‘Superman’ is an out and out NWOBHM track and is really enjoyable. Its killer chorus will get stuck in your head for days; it’s a smile inducing number to rock out to.
it’s a collection of no-frills hard rock songs of which the stomping bluesy ‘Survivor’ is the pick
it’s a pretty damn fine debut album...
Toomey’s first solo single –is little short of spellbinding
For aficionados of the NWOBHM movement, the mention of the name Ian Toomey won't have you scratching your head in wonder. But for those of you whose knowledge of that period only stretches as far as the kingpins such as Diamond Head, Iron Maiden and Tygers Of Pan Tang, let me tell you you are in for a sumptuous treat if this album falls in your lap.
Hairy Bikers Dave and Si liked the new 'Ascension' album so much they played it on the 'Hairy Rock Show' on Planet Rock radio. Featured track was 'Very Soon Everyone's Leaving'... watch this space for more plays in the future!
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And last but by no means least, the album’s set closer and title track is a powerful tour de force, driven by Mills’ husky, evocative vocals, a repetitive refrain that’s impossible to shake from your head and an understated guitar solo that Ritchie Blackmore in his glory days would have been proud of. At six-and-a-half minutes the song truly dominates the album anyway, but it’s one of those tracks that you wish would just go on for ever.