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As We Ascend, Farewell To Midnight
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As We Ascend
Farewell To Midnight



Genre(s): Rock / Hard Rock
Album length: 11 tracks: 41 minutes, 45 seconds
Street Date: March 17, 2017
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As We Ascend has "ascended" from the ashes of what was We As Human with guitarists Justin Forshaw and Justin Jones forming the new band. The group has been building hype for a while, but now Farewell to Midnight, and the moment of truth, is upon us. "Hatchet" and "My Ghost" start the album off harmlessly enough as pretty standard modern rock numbers sure to grab the attention of those who dig the current secular rock stations. "Tell Me" is where things begin to deteriorate and fall apart, but "When the Gun Goes" is the first truly cringe-worthy moment. The chorus simply repeats the lyrics, "When the gun goes BOOM! When the gun goes BOOM! BOOM!" The track is a bit reminiscent of Saliva's somewhat corny "Click, Click Boom," but doesn't carry the same overall appeal. The band invites Zach Myers of Shinedown in for what's probably the weakest song of the album. "End of Me" features a quasi-hip-hop/Twenty-One Pilots type of beat and vibe in the verse, but shifts to a more rock n' roll chorus. Something about the sound just doesn't jive and it comes off a bit forced and awkward. Thankfully, "Watch the World Burn" and "The Fight" bring something better back to the table along the line of the opening numbers. The album's lone ballad, and closing track, is likely the best song present. "At My Door" is a slow acoustic tune that features Brad Arnold from 3 Doors Down and, while Brad's guest spot is excellent -- and certainly more effective than Zach Myers' appearance -- unfortunately for AWA, it transcends the song and becomes the brightest piece of the album. Farewell to Midnight will likely be loved by so many rock fans in the Christian music community, but unfortunately, the album just feels somewhat contrived. There are some decent hard rocking songs present, and the appeal did rise a touch with subsequent listens, but for the most part, it fails to impress. Judge for yourself, but Farewell to Midnight is a pass for this reviewer. - 3/9/17, Michael Weaver of Jesusfreakhideout.com

 

. Record Label: Vital Records
. Album length: 11 tracks: 41 minutes, 45 seconds
. Street Date: March 17, 2017

  1. Hatchet (3:48)
  2. My Ghost (3:37)
  3. Expendable (3:19)
  4. Tell Me (3:34)
  5. When the Gun Goes (3:34)
  6. Insulate (4:05)
  7. End of Me (Feat. Zach Myers of Shinedown) (3:36)
  8. Watch the World Burn (3:43)
  9. We Fight (3:38)
  10. Wash Away (3:42)
  11. At My Door (Feat. Brad Arnold of Three Doors Down) (5:05)
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