Asylum Sis†ers - A Faith Called You
This quartet based in Melbourne, Australia is quite the tricky bunch when it comes to specifying their genre. The first word that comes to mind is electro but as I listen to their EP A Faith Called You, I find myself spotting influences from witch house to industrial to metal to every other genre in between. Calling them an experimental electro outfit would be quite fitting, and this group has a fairly good game to spew on among the other artists on the Blind Mice Productions label.
'Chaos' kicks off the album with some vibrant trance inspired music but after a dip in the music at the two minute mark, it turns into a noisier, techno bit with both screeches and robotic vocals making their play. 'Push' puts out more of a hard electro tune with punk-ish vocals and a hell of a lot of attitude. Somewhat spoken word, somewhat flowing with the beat, it's easy to see this song was made to be fiery and angry - as well as a stress reliever.
'Your Mind' takes influence from grunge and continues forth with the angry vocals and eccentric song structure. While electronics take a bit of a backseat on this song, they're still present and lighten up the mood a bit. 'Fire' was equal bits psychedelic as it was visceral. If you're looking for something you've probably never heard before, I think 'Fire' would be a good place to start.
'Sequel' is a slow piano ballad with glitchy vocals present throughout. Witch house slightly took presence in the song, but the shouts and guitar riffs soon came back into play transforming it into another energetic track. 'The Prophecy' could be described as a light rock tune with an electronic bassline right below it; it's a bit uneven, but the sound is nonetheless tasty. The last track, 'Safest Space II' is a track that mixes ambient atmospheres, healing vocals, piano music, glitch effects, and some wicked guitar notes. I think it's my favorite track on the whole album.
I believe Asylum Sis†ers to be a hidden gem who may find it hard to find a dedicated fanbase because of the experimentation and no limits attitude. A lot of bands like to say that they don't let genres define them, but they always stick to either a similar sound or experiment with maybe three genres at once. Asylum Sis†ers is able to blend more than enough genres for one EP (which I do argue to be a full album considering they're giving you over a half hour of material). They kick ass, shout, scream, sometimes make songs that you can cry to, but what they don't do is make music that will want you to press the mute button ever. And they never back down on attitude or energy.
The main area where I think this band could improve is in their production. I find their music addicting, however there were points on the album where I was hoping the quality would have been better. But, considering that's my only real complaint about the album, I'd say these guys have done pretty fucking well for themselves.
Strap your boots on, prepare to angrily stomp around, and listen to Asylum Sis†ers.
Jul 03 2016
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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