The Maelstrom Ascendant is the third album by Lighthouse XIII.
Following his book / album The Vortex Winder, Smith wrote a sequel
Often seen as the best of the three Lighthouse XIII albums, The Maelstrom Ascendant contains several songs whose names double as chapter titles in the book. In fact, eight songs – Black Phoenix, High and Mighty, The Price of Dominion, Moonlight Tiger, I For an Eye, Extinction.net, The Ephemeral and the Eternal, and the title track – all come into that category.
Nearly all those songs reflect events in the second half of the book, with songs from the earlier album, Waves Upon Waves, largely reflecting events in the first half.