Monday, 12 September 2016

ALBUM REVIEW: Asatta - "Spiralling Into Oblivion"

By: Richard Maw

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 02/09/2016
Label: Burnout Planet Records



This is cracking stuff and a worthy addition to the ever expanding doom canon, "Three Dials”is Crushingly heavy and really fucking noisy, "Lapse” features some swinging grooves to go with the slothful doom sounds, “She Died Long Ago” is a slow trudge through the darkest of doom- and echoes Candlemass rather than Conan in its approach. A fine debut then and an indication that there are great things to come from Asatta, who have positioned themselves up there with modern doom's elite.

‘Spiralling Into Oblivion’ CD//DD track listing:

1.Three Dials (08:31)
2.Lapse (06:38)
3.1678 (04:04)
4.She Died Long Ago (09:21)
5.Breath of Kali (07:22)
6.Son of the Morning (11:03)

The Review:

Asatta fall into, I guess, the modern doom category. By that I mean Conan, Slomatics and the more sludge end of the genre. Hailing from Milwaukee (home of the Harley!)  is a fairly metal start, in my view, as is the opening of “Three Dials”. Crushingly heavy and really fucking noisy, I liked this band immediately! The vocals are of the hoarse bark variety and they fit the music very effectively (along with some nifty double tracking effects and so on).

For your hard earned money, you get six songs of very decent playing time. The third track, “1678”, is an anomaly as it only just goes over the four minute mark (it is a weighty and groove filled number, mind!)- but most here are well north of that- think eight minutes or so as an average, so no one buying this will feel short changed. Rest assured the sound herein in suitably crushing and the performances across the band match this. “Lapse” features some swinging grooves to go with the slothful doom sounds- even injecting a little melody into the sound.

“She Died Long Ago” is a slow trudge through the darkest of doom- and echoes Candlemass rather than Conan in its approach- with a rather nifty change prior to the four minute mark. “Breath of Kali” is also a dark listen with lots of spooky goings on in the instrumentation (theramin in there somewhere?). By the time of the eleven minute plus “Son of the Mourning”, the album has shown its hand to great effect. This effective and weighty finisher demonstrates the trippy side of the band and allows the record to ride off into the sunset in some style.

It would be fair to say that I began to enjoy this album as soon as I started listening to it and repeated listens have only revealed more depths to enjoy. This is cracking stuff and a worthy addition to the ever expanding doom canon. A fine debut and an indication that there are great things to come from Asatta, who have positioned themselves up there with modern doom's elite.

‘Spiralling Into Oblivion” is available here

Band info: Facebook| BandCamp

RIYL: Conan, Slomatics, Abrahma, Candlemass

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