Ricki Carnie: Vocals
Stuart Docherty: Guitars
Fraser Edwards: Guitars
Nick Blake: Bass
Richard Gilchrist: Drums
Formed in Aberdeen, Scotland 2004. (Current line up since 2008.)
Moongate (EP) (2009)
Alchemy (EP) (2010)
Style: Extreme Power Metal
Influences: Iron Maiden, Stratovarius, Gamma Ray, Helloween,
Blind Guardian, Hammerfall.
The forthcoming album:
Album title: We have a couple of ideas but we haven't picked one
yet. It will come to us after the album is done and we can
listen to find the perfect one within the songs.
Tracks recorded & to be on the record: 10 (9 + 1 Japan bonus
Song writers: Main writers are Music: Stuart Docherty, Fraser
Edwards. Lyrics: Ricki Carnie (50%) and the rest of the band the
Time in studio:
Time in Sonic Train Studios: Recorded August 2nd-August 23rd
2010.Mixed & Mastered in September.
Produced by: Andy La Rocque
Mixed by: Andy La Rocque
Mastered by: Andy La Rocque
Record label: Not yet.
Artwork/Album cover: Not yet but as soon as we have come up with
the title we'll start working on the cover.
Release date: January 2011
Video: We will make a video but we haven't decided for which
What's the story behind the band name Ascension?
We were brainstorming for names and came up with nothing but
rubbish. It's hard to come up with a good one word power metal
But one night I (Stuart) watched tv and they were mentioning
Ascension on some sci-fi show I think and we all thought that
were a cool word and would be a good band name for us.
What are the lyrics about on the album?
We speak alot about destiny, fate & heroics. On this album
there's also alot about space and the passage of time.
Personal but on a metaforical level. The duality of mankind, the
Good & the Bad.
Which song from the new album are you looking forward to play
live the most?
Some of the songs are a couple of years old and some are brand
new. Good mix of songs. Alot of them haven't been played live
But "The Avatar" will be a fun song to play. Fast and aggressive
song. It's a 10-11 min epic track.
Any guests on the album?
Elias Holmlid from Dragonland makes a keyboardsolo on one track.
come you picked the Sonic Train Studios to record the album?
There are some good studios in England that a lot of power metal
bands have used but we heard some of the albums that have been
recorded here like Falconer, Dreamland and Hammerfall.
The sound was really good. Fresh and modern. And we really liked
Andy's production. It was what we were looking for. And also
great to come to Sweden :)
your all time favorite album?
Richard: Yngwie Malmsteen-Odyssey & Helloween-Keeper Of The
Seven Keys II
bands have you toured/played gigs with?
A small UK tour with Italian metal band Broken Melody (2009).
Metal Fest in Birmingham September 2009 with bands like Blaze,
Primal Fear & Dragonland.
what bands would you like to tour with?
Dragonland & Gamma Ray. Yngwie Malmsteen would be cool as well.
plans to come and play in Sweden?
YES!!!!!!!!! Definitely. We have played alot in Scotland and we
wanna play alot more in Europe especially in Sweden and Germany.
We will definitely come and play in Gothenburg.
is the best moment in this band so far?
The Sonic Train Studio recordings experience here in Sweden.
Writing and recording the album have been so much fun the last 2
years. The Metal Fest and the tour with Broken Melody.
are the plans for the rest of 2010?
Get the album done. Promotion for it. Send out to labels and
radio stations. Play some live shows. Make a video.
Ascension comments on:
Sonic Train Studios:
Awsome. Very nice. And the second studio here saved us so we
could get finished on time. A good setup that we can sleep here
rather than paying for a hotel.
Andy La Rocque:
Legend. A very nice guy. Patient and have put up with us for 3
weeks :). He really understands what we want to do. Very easy to
work with. Helpful and hard working. Cares about the recordings.
We been out to check out the pretty Swedish women. Been to some
bars as well :)
Andy Flash Report 20/8-2010