Arc of Ascent: Realms of the Metaphysical

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who breathed a sigh of relief when Hamilton, New Zealand trio Arc of Ascent announced the release of their new album, Realms of the Metaphysical. It’s been five years since the heavyweight three-piece’s last release, and with the band’s status uncertain for a spell, and a long stretch between live shows, it felt, for a time, like Arc of Ascent might be heading towards the great beyond. Obviously, noteworthy... Read More

Arc of Ascent—The Higher Key

Arc of Ascent—The Higher Key Space-rockers Hawkwind don’t get enough credit for helping to imbue the psychedelic spectrum of metal with a distinct accent. Lyrics from the band’s ’74 release, Hall of the Mountain Grill, (“We’re astral-planing, floating free / On our continuum frequency / Spacing out, we’re spacing in …”) underscore the mantra of mind-bending metal to this day. That same searching tenor... Read More