ASG

Sur­vive Sun­rise RE­LAPSE North Carolina riff-wield­ers raise the sun­nier side of stoner rock

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Reviews -

Re­turn­ing af­ter five years, North Carolina’s ASG de­liver their sunkissed sixth al­bum just in time for those few months in which the UK’s perma-grey haze deigns to dis­si­pate. A more up­beat af­fair than 2013’s Blood Drive, Sur­vive Sun­rise is a riff mon­ster, rem­i­nis­cent of lat­ter-day Mastodon in its com­bi­na­tion of an­themic vo­cals and right­eous gui­tars. Ex­e­cu­tion Thirst ’s driv­ing ram­bunc­tion could’ve been lifted from Kyuss’s Blues For The Red Sun. Vo­cal­ist Ja­son Shi’s soar­ing clean melodies are a sta­ple part of the band’s key weapon – a scin­til­lat­ing con­trast be­tween his ma­jor-key hooks and mas­sive, cas­cad­ing riffs creat a sonic wave you’d hap­pily surf ad in­fini­tum. ASG do noth­ing to progress the tenets of stoner rock, but they ex­e­cute them with aplomb, and in so do­ing gift us a record to brighten our sum­mer daze. FOR FANS OF: THE SWORD, KYUSS, FU MANCHU

TOM O’BOYLE

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