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Hailing from France, The Ascending are a newly formed band with some metal roots that I can't quite completely label "metal." Their press release describes their new song, "The Ascending," as "... a subtle mix of metal, atmospheric rock and dark folk." The song is a brooding metal-adjacent song that includes violins played for both atmosphere and as a noise instrument. It's a quietly lovely song that also includes some screaming hardcore backing vocals. It sounds like "The Ascending" is all over the place, and it kind of is. But it all does form into this cohesive song that pulls from all sorts of sounds and styles to make something more unique than you typically hear in the world of metal.