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Ascending King
Ascending King
Information
Origin:

Midlothian, Texas, United States

Genre:

Black metal, Doom metal, Atmospheric black metal

Years active:

2015-present

Labels:
Associated Acts:

Dryline, Elgibbor, Thief on the Cross, Symphony of Heaven, Frostbreath

Current members:

Aaron "Ruah" Kirby

Ascending King is a blackened doom metal project formed in Midlothian, Texas in the United States. The project formed in 2015 by Aaron Kirby, later known as "Ruah", who had previously been a part of local metalcore band Dryline.[1]

History Edit

Ascending King began in 2015, as a project of Aaron "Ruah" Kirby. Kirby had performed with a metalcore band called Dryline from 1999-2008 as the project's vocalist.[1][2] In 2016, the project released a single through SkyBurnsBlack Records, titled "Genesis of Desolation".[3][4]

Following the release of the single, the project continued to work on a new EP, which was titled Funeral of a Species.[3][5] In mid-2017, the project was announced to be the first signing on Nosral Recordings, a label formed by Mike Larson, formerly of Frost Like Ashes.[6][7] On August 22, 2017, the band released Funeral of a Species through Nosral Recordings.[8][9] A month later, the project released a lyric video for the track "Moon of the Dead".[1][10][11]

At Audiofeed 2017, in Urbana, Illinois, "Ruah" joined black metal band Elgibbor on stage for the one and only time.[12] He also formed a harsh-noise project called Thief on the Cross.[13] On June 5, 2018, the band released a statement stating that there would be new music coming soon.[14] On December 3, 2018, the band collaborated with Symphony of Heaven to record a cover song of the band Horde, titled "Drink From the Chalice of Blood".[15] In 2019, the band released a single "Lignum Vitae", with Sebat Frost collaborating on the track as well.[16] On January 15, 2020, the band announced they had signed with Christian Metal Underground Records.[17]

Members Edit

Current

  • Aaron "Ruah" Kirby - All instruments, Vocals (2015-present)

Session

  • Michael "Sebat Frost" Larson - Guitars, Drums (2019)[16]

Discography Edit

EPs

  • Funeral of a Species (2017)

Singles

  • "Genesis of Desolation" (2016)
  • "Lignum Vitae" (2019)

Other songs

Compilation appearances

  • The Bearded Dragon's Sampler (2.0) (2016; The Bearded Dragon Productions)
  • Metal From the Dragon (Vol. 2) (2017; The Bearded Dragon Productions)
  • Nosral Sampler #1 (2017; Nosral Recordings)

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Stagg, David (September 22, 2017). "HM PREMIERE: Ascending King unleashes new lyric video for 'Moon of the Dead'". HM Magazine. Retrieved on October 16, 2018.
  2. Noisenoir (March 12, 2006). "Dryline". Encyclopedia Metallum. Retrieved on October 17, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Beard, Mason (February 14, 2017). "Ascending King (SkyBurnsBlack Records) Finishing EP". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved on October 17, 2018.
  4. "Genesis of Desolation". Cross Rhythms. September 6, 2016. Retrieved on October 17, 2018.
  5. Kirby, Aaron (September 4, 2016). "Interview: Ascending King". The Bearded Dragon Productions. Interview with Mace Beard. Retrieved on October 17, 2018.
  6. thrashboy (May 26, 2017). "'Nosral Recordings' Announce First Signing 'Ascending King'". The Metal Resource. Retrieved on October 17, 2018.
  7. Beard, Mason (May 18, 2017). "Nosral Recordings (Rottweiler Records) Announces New Signing". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved on October 17, 2018.
  8. Beard, Mason (August 18, 2017). "Ascending King (Nosral Recordings) Releases Funeral of a Species". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved on October 17, 2018.
  9. thrashboy (August 19, 2017). "One-man Spirit-Filled Black/Doom Metal band 'Ascending King' Drops Debut EP "Funeral of a Species"". The Metal Resource. Retrieved on October 17, 2018.
  10. Beard, Mason (September 22, 2017). "Ascending King - Moon of the Dead". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved on October 17, 2018.
  11. thrashboy (September 23, 2017). "One man Spirit-Filled Black/Doom Metal band 'Ascending King' Releases First Lyric Video "Moon for the Dead"". The Metal Resource. Retrieved on October 17, 2018.
  12. Beer, Jethro de (January 12, 2018). "[Review Ascending King]". Reanimated Radio. Retrieved on October 17, 2018.
  13. Gatto, Chris (April 14, 2018). "THIEF ON THE CROSS - Waiting in Psychosis for the Great Return". Heaven's Metal Magazine. Retrieved on October 17, 2018.
  14. "New music coming soon". Facebook. June 5, 2018. Retrieved on October 17, 2018.
  15. Beard, Mason (December 3, 2018). "Symphony of Heaven / Ascending King Collaboration of Horde cover". The Metal Onslaught. Retrieved on December 3, 2018.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Beard, Mason (August 9, 2019). "Ascending King Rises Once More To Release "Lignum Vitae"". The Metal Onslaught. Retrieved on October 22, 2019.
  17. Beard, Mason (January 16, 2020). "Ascending King Inks Deal With Christian Metal Underground". The Metal Onslaught. Retrieved on January 16, 2020.
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