ASK: Severed Self: CS

On Severed Self, Michigan’s Ask blast out four furious tracks mixing powerviolence, grind, and hardcore with strong political lyrics. The self-described anti-racist, pro-consent, pro-queer band are direct with their message. Lyrics like “Dethrone all gods and authority symbols,” from the track “Blastoid” leave little up to interpretation. When so many bands are deliberately vague or symbolic with their lyrics, I appreciate Ask’s direct approach to their message. In addition to a great message, every track on this cassette absolutely rips, and I grew more stoked on it with each listen. While COVID might have kept Ask off the road, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing them live, and hearing more. –Paul J. Comeau (No Time, notimeforfun.bandcamp.com, [email protected])