''Aszension is the project of Canadian multi-instrumentalist Kevin Thiessen. He’s not only playing numerous different guitars but also synthesizers and percussion. Compared to the line-up on the début album released in 2012, he’s the only remaining member. However, guitar-player Evan Arnott, who was a guest musician on the début album, is a permanent band member in the meantime. The other involved musicians are bass player Etienne Girard, keyboard player Gabriel Palatchi and drummer Lee Campese.
Aszension play instrumental prog that seems to be guitar-oriented at a first glance, but sill leaves enough space for keyboard and rhythm work. Some guitar parts sound a bit exotic, and there’s also even a small portion of prog-metal (like in ''Elliptical Orbit''). A perfect example for the quality of the music of Aszension is the song ''Alignment'', featuring a brilliant interaction of synthesizers and guitars, where an obvious tendency towards ''Yes'' occurs in the middle section, especially with regard to the organ playing. This sounds very close to ''Awaken''.
The Canadians are developing their own sound with their fine instrumental prog. Only the last song on the album features vocals which seems to be quite deliberate for Aszension, because the same is true for their début. On the début it was a Gentle Giant song, this time it’s the Rush song ''Jacob’s Ladder''. On the début I liked the vocals a lot, whereas this time I'm not 100% happy with them. And what’s a bit surprising for me, I'm talking about the same singer!