Reviewed: February 2005
Released: 2004, Independent
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
Asunder hails from Naugatuck, Connecticut and draws heavily from old school Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth and Testament. The band wants to bring back thrash to the masses and this four-song demo attempts to do that very thing. Asunder sounds like an after-school garage band whose attempts at covering their heroes led to penning a few originals. These tracks are in their rawest form complete with horrendous home-made production, mistakes galore and piss-poor sound but there is no denying that these guys have ambition.
“Fall From Grace” drops right out of Slayer’s HELL AWAITS/REIGN IN BLOOD period, with dive-bomb solos, grizzled Araya-esque vocals and a speedy delivery. “Rebellion” and “Deceit” follow much the same path, but “Mourning,” a haunting instrumental track, is strictly an acoustic guitar played to perfection. If a track like Randy Rhodes’ “Dee” epitomizes the merit of an acoustic guitar wank, “Mourning” gets second prize. Well-played and clean as a whistle. Is this the same band?!?
Demo recordings have to be cut some slack and looking at Asunder’s website, these guys aren’t even out of their teens yet, so with a little polishing up their playing and sound, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Asunder’s name pop up in a few years.
KILLER KUTS: “Fall From Grace,” “Mourning”
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