MP3 of the Day: Ascend

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Greg Anderson is owner of Southern Lord records, home to Earth, Om, sunn O))) and other variations on the metal and meditation themes. He's also a musician, though, having played in sunn 0))), Goatsnake, and Engine Kid. His latest project, Ascend, is a parnership with Gentry Densley (Iceburn, Eagle Twin), and their debut record re-visits the times they've been "heavily experimenting with the fusion of jazz (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Miles Davis, John Coltrane) and the dark behemoth tones of influences such as The Melvins, Gore, Slint, and the Caspar Brötzmann Massaker" as well as "traveling into uncharted territory all done with the utmost focus on heaviness and power." Ascend's new disc, Ample Fire Within, comes out May 27, and features guest appearances from Steve Moore (Earth, sunn 0))), Bubba Dupree (Void) and Kim Thayil (Soundgarden). But you can sample a heavy dose of Ascend(ed) thought here, on the track "Ample Fire Within." -- Jennifer Maerz


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