Industrial gothic rock outfit Ascension of The Watchers have launched a video for their new single, “The End is Always The Beginning.”
The band – comprised of pioneering vocalist Burton C. Bell, John Bechdel, and Jayce Lewis – release their upcoming album Apocrypha on 9th October via Dissonance Records.
Burton C. Bell comments:
“Now, more than ever, my words are a true reflection of my mind. The End IS Always The Beginning is a true statement, in every aspect of life, it all depends on the individual perspective. The video for The End Is Always The Beginning, created by Victor Hugo-Borges, is another surreal snippet into AoTW. The meaning is unique for every listener, and viewer. There is no incorrect analysis. Take what you will from it. For me, this is the beginning of a whole new chapter, and this song validates my personal strength to truly understand what it means to move forward.”
Watch the video for “The End is Always The Beginning” below!
Born of life, love, and spirituality, Bell’s unmistakable, harmonious inventory once renowned in one of metal’s finest pioneering acts has brought life to a new concept, a genre of its own.
Ambient atmospheres, melodies, and introspective lyrics shed light on Bell’s visions, as seen in their purest form. An intimate nature that Ascension of The Watchers envisioned, to draw the minds, hearts, and aspirations of a people to a higher level of thinking to a feeling with cohesive celebration and reflection in the beauty of existence.
The artwork and tracklisting for Apocrypha can be seen below.
1. Ghost Heart
2. The End Is Always The Beginning
4. A Wolf Interlude
7. Cygnus Aeon
8. Key To The Cosmos
9. Bells Of Perdition
11. Sign Your Name
In early 2002 Burton retreated to the quiet, simplicity of rural Pennsylvania for seven months with his friend and musical confidant John Bechdel, escaping the onslaught of Los Angeles, and industry alike. A mentor in music, philosophy and demeanour, Bechdel unwittingly guided Bell along the creative path of this new conceptual movement.
With Burton’s unprecedented vocal sound and style, coupled with the brilliantly orchestrated musical compositions of both Bell and Bechdel (synonymous with pioneering tags to the industrial/metal genre) The pair began experimenting with textured melodies of melancholic tones, best attributed to the 80’s and 90’s underground scene. Ascension of The Watchers echoes the sounds of a prophetic hallucination, fears and dreams with remorse of things lost and forgotten; but with a hope of redemption and light in the future.
In 2004, Ascension of The Watchers independently released – Iconoclast, printed only on CD and vinyl to a limited number.
In 2008, with the help John Bechdel and Paul Raven (RIP), Burton brought Ascension of The Watchers to Ministry legend Al Jourgensen’s label, 13th Planet. With the guidance and special collaborations with Jourgensen during the recording and mixing in El Paso, Texas, AoTW added the guitar talents of Eduardo Mussi. It also featured Paul Raven’s last contribution as a bass player on the track Mars Becoming.
In 2008, Ascension of The Watchers’ debut LP, Numinosum, was released through 13th Planet. Upon release, AOTW performed special, intimate shows, including the album release performance at Alex Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in NYC. They also had the honour of supporting Killing Joke for their reunion tour in honor of their fallen friend, Paul Raven.
In 2017, the friendship between renowned UK solo artist Jayce Lewis and Burton brought in the essential camaraderie, talents, and studio that perfectly suited the recording of Apocrypha.
In truth, the making of Apocrypha has been a decade long journey of writing and recording, from California, Pennsylvania, New York, and Wales. In 2018 the band decided to utilize the crowdfunding platform PledgeMusic to jumpstart the project. After a very successful campaign, raising 124% of their goal, PledgeMusic went into administration, eventually declaring bankruptcy! and in turn, would never release any of the funds dedicated to Ascension of The Watchers. Nevertheless, Ascension of the Watchers persevered to complete the album.
With plans of conceptualized touring, Ascension of the Watchers continues to grow as Bell’s main creative endeavor, well into the future.
Burton C. Bell – Vocals & Guitar
John Bechdel – Keyboards
Jayce Lewis – Drums, Backing Vocals & Programming
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