ARK ASCENT – Downfall (Album Review)

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on whatsapp
Share on telegram
Share on email
Share on print

Ark Ascent - DownfallArk Ascent are a UK based prog metal band, formed in 2011 by main man Jack Kirby who was 19 at the time.

The Ark Ascent project was originally known as Prophecy but evolved into its current form over time and are now proud to finally release their debut album, Downfall.

Joining guitarist/keyboardist Kirby are Rogue Marechal (quality prog name and formerly of Shadowkeep) on vocals, Andre Arcangeli on bass (also in Italian band DGM) and Michael Brush on drums (also in Sirenia).

Out on September 27, 2019, on Ascent Records Downfall has all the trademarks of a modern prog metal offering. Keyboards are prominent and driving whilst the guitar work is sharp and concise, which creates a great balance.

The subject matter is also very modern, dealing with the self-destruction of humankind, a popular current topic amongst songwriters.Ark Ascent

Marechal’s vocals are quite smooth but have the power to get the point across, in an almost John Wetton (Asia) way and fit the band’s style perfectly.

Downfall has variety in abundance, from the atmospheric instrumentals “Arrival” and “Ascension” through to almost power metal tracks such as “Point of No Return” and “Darkest Hour”. There are also moody tracks in “Innocence Lost” and the short and sweet “Farewell”.

Unlike 1970s prog there are not any overlong crawling-up-its-own-arse wankfests, such as Emerson Lake and Palmer’s Tarkus, which is a prime example. The longest track we have is album closer “The End of Time” clocking in at 13 minutes, but there’s no self-indulgence here. 

 Prog comes in a few different guises and Ark Ascent come in at the more commercial end of the scale, which is no bad thing.

If you like melody, sweeping keyboards and intricate solos, topped off with striking vocals then Downfall is the one for you.

Buy: Downfall

Official website / Facebook


Check Out Our Latest .

Beat the Geek Week, rock, metal, triva, game show

Beat the Geek Week – Ep444

We’re back this week with the greatest rock trivia game ever; it’s Beat the Geek Week! If you don’t know, Beat the

fresh blood, decibel geek, podcast, rock, metal, new music

Fresh Blood March 2021 – Ep443

We’re back this time to give your ears some modern goodness with Fresh Blood! Anyone touting the long-overwrought ‘Rock is Dead’ phrase

new noize, decibel geek, rock, metal, news, kiss, motley crue, anthrax, journey

New Noize v14 – Ep442

We’re back this week to talk all the rock news that’s fit to spit with New Noize v14! Some of the new

1 thought on “ARK ASCENT – Downfall (Album Review)”

Comments are closed.