''Biosphere is the second album by Canadian progressive instrumental group, Aszension. With the first delivery, the group had a lovely surprise with their willingness to seek opportunities for dialogue among the more atmospheric and progressive metal rhythms. The more distant aspects of the mix certainly give them a special attraction. Subtly mixing classic progressive aspects with ethnic tools and a heavier base has put the band in a very good position to attract the most discerning ear. The style does not denote stridency, and indicates a job very well done in the studio with an excellent level of mixing. The weight of the compositions leads Kevin Thiessen, a musician of great talent and vision, to create an amalgam of sensations using classic acoustic guitars, keyboards and excellently atmospheric space-rock guitars.
''Star Stream'' and "Elliptical Orbit" demonstrated their ability to fuse more earthy and mystical elements, where the notes of a sitar or a harp create a powerful mix with the rhythm guitars. "Alignment" will delight listeners with a more cosmic atmosphere between the beautifully crafted acoustics and electronics. "Eclipse" is a demonstration of a more seventies progressive sound with vintage keyboards and overflowing talent.
"Biosphere I - IV" is the longest piece, with the first two parts showcasing a high brilliance of keyboards and synthesizers performed by Gabriel Palatchi, leading to another quieter piece letting in more ambient piano and guitars. A last returning flaunt of keyboards leaves a mark of great virtuosity, and is highly recommended for fans of more ''neo-prog'' energy. In its final stage, the record leaves us gems like the powerful "Spin Axis" or "Aural Illusions", an approach to more floydian textures with spectacular bursts of prog. The mixture of the two worlds, "Hypnosis", gives way to a version of the classic Rush track "Jacob's Ladder", the only non-instrumental piece in the album. "Jacob's Ladder" is an exercise of rather curious concert mutation, transforming the composition into another piece of Aszension's style.
I would not hesitate to take an interest in this highly recommended Canadian project.''