ASG "Blood Drive" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Fri, 24 May 2013 11:23:05
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Every now and again, a band puts out a record that changes the tides for them and rock 'n' roll as a whole. It's that tipping point moment where the scale moves and the spotlight lands directly on them. Think of Mastodon's Leviathan, Queens of the Stone Age's Songs for the Deaf, or Baroness's Yellow & Green. Now, you can add ASG's brand new offering Blood Drive to that list. It's the kind of hulking, hypnotic beast of an album that relies on cataclysmic riffing as much as careening melodies.
The Wilmington quartet charge "Avalanche" and the title track with blissful distortion as Jason Shi delivers unforgettable melodies. Meanwhile, "Day's Work" sails off to Valhalla on an echo-y lead betwixt a sludgy backbeat. "The Ladder" is a penultimate poem that's as haunting as it is heavenly, especially as Shi's voice takes hold. Everything gets stripped back to the bare essentials on "Good Enough to Eat". A lilting acoustic guitar makes for a seesawing little number worthy of imbibing again and again.
Overall, this is a landmark for ASG and they're driving right towards the top with it. Get ready to bleed with the best of 'em…
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