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  • Summary: This is the first full-length album in more than four years for the British experimental rock band.
  • Record Label: Caldo Verde Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jul 1, 2011
    100
    No longer struggling to wake from bad dreams, Broadrick has rubbed the sleep from his eyes, dug through the rubble, and planted Ascension on the summit of the ruins of the world.
  2. Jul 13, 2011
    90
    While tracks such as Broken Home still deliver the crushing might (albeit in a more subliminal fashion) to his other outfit, the recently resurrected Godflesh, there's a sense of hope in the levitation-inducing riffery. Stellar.
  3. 80
    The leaner songwriting on Ascension could very well best Conqueror if it weren't for the scratchy production (why do the drums sound ratty, the synths sound tinny and everything else really seamless?), but it's still Broadrick's best Jesu record since then.
  4. Jul 1, 2011
    70
    Ascension doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it's a welcome addition to the Jesu canon.
  5. Jul 1, 2011
    70
    Undulating under shimmering waves of feedback is either a gorgeously fragile heavy metal record or the ballsiest Smashing Pumpkins ballads ever.
  6. Jul 1, 2011
    70
    Not quite as candy-coated as Conqueror or as harrowing as Jesu, it's mostly notable for both Broadrick's high level of quality control (unless you just outright dislike his kind of music, his songs are always at least pleasingly consistent in tone and impact) and his increasing, perhaps unwitting, move away from song form.
  7. Jul 1, 2011
    60
    Ascension reaches for the infinite, but achieve it only intermittently. Mostly you're left with songs that don't stop time, only slow it down.

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