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2001-


Biography

Ascension of The Watchers, the creative journey of Burton C. Bell and John Bechdel, is a vision born of life, love and spirituality. The music, melodies and lyrics gives one the opportunity to share in Burton 's visions as he sees them, in their purest form. The intimate nature of Ascension of The Watchers is envisioned to draw the minds, hearts and aspirations of a people to a higher level of thinking and feeling by bringing them together in celebration and reflection in the beauty of life and spirituality, through these melodies and words.

In early 2002, Burton retreated to the quiet simplicity of rural Pennsylvania for seven months with his friend and musical confidant John Bechdel, to escape the onslaught of Los Angeles . A mentor in music, philosophy and demeanor, Bechdel unwittingly guided Burton along the path to this project.

Recording in the hauntingly beautiful seclusion of rural Pennsylvania at The Machine Shop, John's private studio; the band created "Iconoclast" featuring five original recordings that showcase Burton's ethereal vocal and writing style through thought provoking lyrics and music with a melodic acoustical and synth blend, that shows Burton's constantly evolving musical growth.

In 2005 "Iconoclast" was released on Limited Edition Vinyl and CD and is available along with other items designed and created by AOTW exclusively through their own webstore at www.ascensionofthewatchers.com. The release was followed by a series of short tours and individual performances throughout the North East US and in Canada.

The next chapter of the Watchers saga began to unfold in 2007 as Burton signed with Al Jurgensen's 13th Planet Records. New material was recorded and previously conceived songs were reworked into their final realizations by Burton and John with the addition of Edu Mussi (Echoes And Shadows, Still Life Decay) and contributions from Al Jourgensen, the late Paul Raven and Ben Bell. Experience Numinosum, the debut Ascension of the Watchers album, on Februray 19th. Numinosum is available for preorder now at www.ascensionofthewatchers.com.

AotW returns to the stage for a short tour to celebrate the release of Numinosum. Watchers Burton and John will also be part of the upcoming Ministry CULaTour.

(from: http://www.thewatchers.org/main.php)