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Blinding Light
The Ascension Attempt
Deathwish Records

Rating: 7/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I am not a violent man; I've never had the impulse to strike another person in my life. That being said, if I chose to beat the shit out of somebody, I would certainly do it to The Blinding Light's The Ascension Attempt. If my flailing arms could keep pace with the hardcore rhythms, I could easily beat the living fuck out of an elephant with shark teeth.

And that's a badass creature right there.

The Ascension Attempt is an album that is, unsurprisingly, filled with primal aggression and metalcore goodness. At most times, this CD is filled with more testosterone than an entire stadium of wrestling fans that can't wait to find out what The Rock is cookin' - and that's to be expected. What's odd is that this band occasionally goes off into seemingly indie-inspired riffs. I'm not saying these guys are musical geniuses who have somehow found a meeting place between Modest Mouse and Slayer, but it's worth noting that they want to try something different.

For the most part, this is an album filled with heavy guitars, distorted bass and a drummer who loves nothing more than stomping away at his double bass pedal: the combination will successfully melt your face off. Aided by a near comprehensible scream (especially for hardcore), it is not of the "almost going to throw up" type, rather the "desperate pissed off man" variety.

If you are looking for an album of repetitively chugging songs, then you are definitely barking up the wrong tree. This album lacks those famed hardcore chugs for the most part, in opposite of many bands that feature them in every song. In fact, a thankful audience will notice they don't just build their songs around an overused musical cliché (you bands know who you are). This album is filled with fast paced songs and machine gun guitars. Despite the album's rhythm heavy nature, they always leave room for the occasional guitar solo.

To add to this, the guitarists of The Blinding Light aren't afraid to bring on the fuzz. This experimentation is not revolutionary, but interesting nonetheless. It, at times, becomes a blend of stoner rock and metal. If you like Pantera and marijuana, this album is an essential. When you drive around the trailer park in your gas guzzling truck with too big tires, The Ascension Attempt will prove to everybody what a piece you are, as the sound blazes out of your custom tinted windows.

Reviewed by Nick Shea


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