Album review: Ascendia – The Lion & the Jester

  “The Lion & the Jester” is the debut album from Toronto symphonic metal quintet Ascendia. Canada isn’t renowned as a hotbed for symphonic metal, but the confluence of European and American influences (both musically and geographically) gives the band a crossover appeal that should find favour both with fans of traditional and symphonic metal. But…

Song title in the real world: Rush’s YYZ

  YYZ is the airport code for Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Rush‘s affinity for these call letters came from the fact that seeing these tags on their luggage meant that they were coming home after a long tour. And just to show how geeky Rush is, the rhythm of the opening section spells out YYZ…