ASILE: Kichesippi Toxique: LP

Not quite what you would expect. Going from the cover art, you would maybe think this was some uninspired generic crust punk. Nothing could be further from the truth. Easily one of the best crust albums I’ve heard in many, many years. For starters, Asile are not typical of the genre. They bring in their own style and create something that lifts the genre up. They’re definitely heavy and fast, but there’s something here that’s different. They’re more on the hardcore punk end instead of the metal that many go for. The vocals are not the usual guttural burp or Neanderthal growling. Instead, you can hear everything Patrick is saying, even with his quick delivery. The music itself—they have the heavy and fast thing down, but it’s not a dull blur. They shift tempos, have catchy riffs, and write some really interesting stuff. “Illusions” is a great example. It follows on the tail of complete crushers, shifting slightly down in speed, but not hindering the energy of this record at all. Also, I’d like to point out the guitar in the chorus of “Ferma La Télé” and how it puts a different mood in the song. Amongst all the thrashing and bashing, it gives the song a bit of reflection. Plus, the insane drumming in “La Maudite Guerre” is awesome. So fast, and crazy; it will knock you on your ass. Then there’s “Surveillance” which is like Motörhead on crank. I wager that this is one of the best records you will hear all year.

 –M.Avrg (Rust And Machine, rustandmachine.com, [email protected])