Artist Highlight - Blackthrone Ascension
There are so many talented musicians in Vancouver and we wanted to highlight as many of them as we can! We went to a haunted water park and chatted with Blackthrone Ascension. 1: Describe your sound for those who haven’t heard you?
Dayton has always dabbled in producing our symphonic sound since before we rebranded, heavily influenced by Devin Townsend (his childhood hero) and Shadow of Intent. At the time of writing our EP, Daniel and Dayton were listening to Brand of Sacrifice and Viscera a lot - and it shows. We are basically a death metal band that has symphony, varying blast-beats, emotionally evocative solos, and deathcore-inspired breakdowns and vocals. All of our current songs are heavily inspired by Warhammer Fantasy and each song on our EP represents one chaos god each until the title track.
2: One of your memories of being in the Vancouver music scene?
Collectively there are too many, but as a band, it has to be our memory of our first show. It was put on at the Railway by Mike from Great White North Metal.
We had our merch set up and we use a TV to display the prices of everything. We received several compliments from the promoter, people we didn’t know, and band friends we made over the years. In addition, nobody knew who we were since it was a “new band showcase” event, but after we played, we got an overwhelming amount of love from so many strangers. Some people even told us that they did not like screamed vocals until they saw us play. They finally “understood” the aesthetic and could appreciate how it sounds within heavy music. Although “only” two people told us this, it still felt significant to have “converted” those individuals. We really felt like we did all the right things and we could not have done it without all embarrassments and experiences from previous projects. It was an unforgettable night and we made some new friends and sold a lot of merch which lifted such a weight off our shoulders since we paid for the production out of pocket for the shirts and hats.
3: Who is one of your favourite local bands?
Daniel: Vancouver locals are nearly unrivaled in musicianship, but there is one band that stands out above the rest for their live performance. Neck of the Woods has always been phenomenal and is among my local heroes since I entered the scene 8 years ago. If you go to one of their shows you will feel the experience, wisdom, and showmanship that they have cultivated over the years. The last time I saw them I had a moment where all I could think was “now THIS is a real band”. Honorable mentions go to Ninjaspy for being so unique, and Of Modern Architecture for being such humble and friendly individuals ever since I had met them at a show in Abbotsford in a church basement.
4: What’s coming up for you?
We currently have our entire EP recorded. It is being mixed at the moment by Connor Gordon from Crown of Madness. Our next show is on December 2nd at the Fox Cabaret in Vancouver with Obsidian and Hunting Giants
5: Where can people find you? What are your social media links?
You can find all of our links here (social media in the little buttons): https://linktr.ee/blackthroneascensionbc