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Infinite & Divine: Ascendancy
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Infinite & Divine: Ascendancy

Melodic Metal Rock
3.5/5.0

2023 welcomes the return of Swedish band Infinite & Divine, formed by guitarist/songwriter/producer Jan Åkesson and vocalist Tezzi (a/k/a Terese Persson) in 2019. Both performers have long careers in the Swedish music scene. Akesson is well-know for his work with StoneLake; Ms Persson was recently tapped for Frontiers Music's Venus5, an all female vocal project. Ascendancy is their second effort still with Frontiers Music.

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Largely, Ascendancy is a consistent return to the duo's musical style, namely melodic meta rock, led by Akesson's songwriting and guitar work and Persson's straight forward melodic voice. In other words, Ascendancy picks up where their debut, Silver Lining left off. No sense reinventing the proverbial musical wheel. A more detailed explanation of their style is found in my review of their debut album, Silver Lining. Ergo, it's best to go to straight to the songs.



Considering Akesson's background in AOR melodic hard rock, this musical motif informs the songs, but not all. Notable songs with rock groove and AOR accessibility include Remedy, LARP, or Our Time. Alternatively, some songs with more metal punch (yet with plenty of groove) come with Silent Revolution, Leave Me, or Parasites simply because of the tougher riffs and heavier bottom end. Thanks to Akesson's guitar-forward writing his riffs and solos are self-evident. However, guest keyboard player Mikael Hylén drops a solo within Ashes To Ashes. All in all, and simply, Infinite & Divine's Ascendancy is another solid album of their consistent melodic metal rock. If you liked their debut, you will enjoy this one. Recommended.



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The Take Away

All in all, and simply, Infinite & Divine's Ascendancy is another solid album of their consistent melodic metal rock. If you liked their debut, you will enjoy this one. Recommended.

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