Conquering Sound
Ancient King
I Grade Records
May 22, 2005

Track list
  1. Conquering Sound feat. Prince Pankhi
  2. Your Defense
  3. Do Good
  4. Nah Bow
  5. Battlefied Marshall
  6. Access Pschologically
  7. She's so Awesome
  8. St. Croix Run Red
  9. Children Of The World feat. Empress Michel
  10. Get The Best
  11. Heading For Failure
  12. Here It Comes
  13. Faith, Courage & A Just Cause feat. Vaughn Benjamin
  14. JAH
  15. Wake Up And Live Up
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Ancient King - real name Wendell Francois - hails from St. Croix in the Virgin Islands. In 2002, he was featured on I Grade Records' solid compilation set "Weep Not" (then recording under the name, Willow) with three tunes -- "Manage", "Calculate The Levels" and "Ancient Of Days". Since that time, Ancient King has sharpened his craft through recording and stage show work in the Newport News, VA area with the King Lion Crew. He is known for his high energy stage performances and has shared the stage with many different artists including Yellowman and Capleton.
Now here's Ancient King's first full-length release, "Conquering Sound", actually the first album released as part of I Grade Records' New Release Trilogy called 'Fyah, Earth, Wind'. Rocky-voiced singjay Ancient King lays down some serious conscious messages on an album that once again affirms the wealth of talent and strength of VI's roots reggae movement. With this worthy collection of tunes Ancient King shows that he's a very promising artist... sounding like Jamaican counterparts Capleton or Turbulence, but spitting fyah over typical St. Croix riddims. The latter, laid by fine musicians such as Astor Campbell, Kenyatta Itola, Laurent "Tippy" Alfred, Tuff Lion, Eric Williams, Abja and Gregory "Mr. Bassie" Jackson, consist of thunderous bass lines, rock solid drums and rootsy guitars and keys. From beginning to end the listener is mostly treated to songs that are firmly rooted in the tradition of Rastafari rebel music. Stand out tracks are the anti-war anthem "Your Defense", the nyahbinghi flavored "Do Good" with its subtile keyboard layers, the wonderful "St. Croix Run Red", the impressive "Here It Comes", the wicked combination tune with Midnite's distinctive leadsinger Vaughn Benjamin, "Faith, Courage & A Just Cause", the uplifting "Wake Up And Live Up" and the wicked "JAH". Also the other tracks are worth of hearing as they match the quality of the aforementioned songs. All in all, this is a good album, worthwhile checking out!