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ASCEND is an NTS compilation that explores dark ambient and atmospheric black metal productions from the 1990s, and the roots of the dungeon synth scene.

In the early 1990s, a handful of black metal artists were enticed by the possibility of conjuring new fantastical worlds from the deep isolation of their home setups. Rather than the dense metal sound of their existing projects, this new direction would be centred around intimate synth soundscapes: forlorn organs and otherworldly MIDI theatrics.

Limited edition transparent vinyl edition. 2LP in gatefold sleeve.

A1 Evol — The Dark Dreamquest (Intro)
A2 Corvus Neblus — Forever I Shalt Dwell in Ravenloft
A3 Asmorod — Fiat Abyssus (Second Chapter)
A4 Vindalv — Swærþ Stimma (excerpt)
B1 Apeiron — Pan's Journey To The Cosmic Void
B2 Secret Stairways — Lammas Tide
C1 Dolch — Tumulus
C2 Endoki Forest — II
C3 Lunar Womb — Night Towers
C4 Maelifell — La Dame du Lac
D1 Kadotus 609 — The Summoning Through Crimson
D2 Neptune Towers — To Cold Void Desolation


Mastered by Henri Sorvali. Artwork by Osian Jenaer.