New Sounds: Upheaval direct a chaotic cacophony skyward on ‘Ascension’


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Upheaval are not here for your fuckery.

The Boston black metal sludge band inked a deal with Ghost Ramp Records earlier this year, adding a lethal dose of heaviness to the label run by Wavves’ Nathan Williams. The move primed Upheaval for a notable 2018, and today (December 15) they raise the stakes with their latest offering, the savage and unrelenting “Ascension.” The track rips with force straight out of the gate, setting the tone for an abrasive four minutes of twisted brutality, but it’s that last minute of a droning doom metal fade out where Upheaval rise above their contemporaries.

“‘Ascension’ highlights our attempts to balance heavy pummeling riffs with driving black metal melodies,” the band tell Vanyaland. “We’re stoked to share this chaotic cacophony as we prepare to drop Altar of Ash on eager ears this winter.”

Altar of Ash serves as Upheaval’s Ghost Ramp debut, and the follow-up to 2016’s independent cassette release Summoning A Giant. It shows a nice maturation of sound for the band, and the LP was produced and engineered by Alec Rodriguez of New Alliance Studios in Cambridge.

Altar of Ash is out January 12, and later that night Upheaval unleash their metal fury on ONCE Ballroom in Somerville alongside Black Mass, Ritual Blade, and Untombed.

Allow “Ascension” to engulf your fragile sense of well-being below.