Asystole – Siren to Blight (Review)

Asystole - Siren to BlightAsystole are a death metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

Siren to Blight contains 29 minutes of death metal that the promo blurb says is influenced by bands such as Gorguts, Virus, Krallice, Cryptopsy, and Anata.

Featuring a member of Replicant/Windfaerer, Asystole play dissonant progressive death metal with both blackened and technical aspects, although the latter are more prevalent.

The songs are well-written, although they actually sound as if they have been somehow spawned rather than put together with conscious decision. The riffs and rhythms deployed are frequently unusual and bold, grabbing the listener’s attention with their creative fluidity, and holding it with their depth of songwriting.

The recording is delicious. The delivery is surprisingly spacious, with plenty of room for everything to manoeuvre through the tangled webs of the music’s complexity. The songs are intricately wrought and highly detailed, yet offer a range of different pathways through their esoteric insides.

Siren to Blight is a beacon of vicious chaos in the darkness. It offers a twisted journey into an avant-garde death metal world that’s as compelling as it is harsh. If you’re a fan of the sort of nasty, dissonant, underground death metal that lurks in the darkest of places then this is for you.

Very highly recommended.


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