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Album Review | Kadinja – Ascendancy

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Album Review | Kadinja – Ascendancy

Kadinja – Ascendancy

Klonosphere Records
Release: 17/02/2017

Review by: Colin Steele

Overall Rating: 5 / 5

France’s Kadinja is a much needed breath of fresh air.  I personally have been a fan of the progressive metal/djent style for quite a while, but even I have noticed the drop in great quality bands in the genre over the past few years.  There are too many bands out there now that are sacrificing something essential.  Often times its melody.  4+ minutes of polyrhythms and screams do not a song make, my friends.

Kadinja understands that and deliver on all fronts.  Their debut, Ascendancy, is full of great staples like polyrhythmic riffs and aggression, but what captures me is the near catchiness of all of it.  The clean vocals are wonderful.  I almost imagine that if Monuments’ Chris Baretto stayed in Periphery, you’d have a similar sound.  In fact, those two bands are some of the genre’s frontrunners that I always enjoyed.  Kandinja carries on that level of quality, technicality, and melody that spans the entire album.  Its rare for me (being as ADHD as I am) to be able to listen to an album front to back.  I have done it 3 times with Ascendancy and am still hooked on it.  This was a highly anticipated debut, and with that comes a lot of pressure to live up to the expectations.  Ascendancy surpassed those as far as I am concerned.

This is a solid band with a sound unto themselves, and they’ve managed to spread that cohesively across a full length without losing anything.  I’m inclined to say that this will definitely be on my top 10 of the year list.

Track list:

1. Stone of Mourning
2. GLHF (con Rick Graham)
3. Episteme
4. Episteme Part II
5. ‘Til The Ground Disappears
6. A November Day
7. Dominique
8. Ropes Of You
9. Bittersweet Guilt
10. Seven (The Stick Figures)

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