It’s a genre crossing album too as while there is a strong NWOBHM feel across the album with a couple of tunes feeling like they just arrived via time machine, there is also a strong Classic Rock vibe too. Some of this is down to the vocals of David A. Mills who brings a bit of Blues gravel to the mix and his vocals are not stereotypical of what you’d expect from your average NWOBHM band.
The way the album is recorded and sounds is quite intriguing too. The production makes it sound at times like a NWOBHM album recorded in the early eighties which actually accentuates the impact of certain tracks and on the more Classic Rock numbers a seventies style recording has been employed. So that retro feel is sure to appeal to older fans that yearn for that style of production which takes them back to a time or indeed adds that little bit of magic they associate with musicians like Toomey.
The title track ‘Ascension’ has an epic feel and an atmospheric touch that really gives the song real impact. Toomey says this song is about a near death experience and with that in mind, the song does had a strong ethereal feel to it. The album isn’t all deep and meaningful as the wonderfully fun and energetic ‘Superman’ proves, this one 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 pretty damn fine debut album although when you consider the experience and pedigree of Ian Toomey that should have been obvious from the outset. Fans of NWOBHM and Classic Rock collectively should thoroughly enjoy this album and its mixed flavours.