Metal Hammer (UK) - - Album Reviews - LIAM YATES MATT MILLS

World Shaker


Har­ro­gate vet­er­ans pen another round of trad metal an­thems

World Shaker is only Asomvel’s third al­bum in 26 years, found­ing mem­ber and gui­tarist Lenny Robinson having sol­diered on through­out count­less line-up changes and the tragic death of co-found­ing bassist and vo­cal­ist Jay Jay Win­ter in 2010. Un­de­terred, Asomvel con­tinue to forge on­ward with their greasy speed­ball of rock’n’roll and New Wave Of Bri­tish Heavy Metal in the vein of Motör­head and Girlschool, iron-clad with de­ter­mi­na­tion and a ‘fuck you’ at­ti­tude undimmed since the band’s early days of jam­ming on their lo­cal pig farm. World Shaker de­liv­ers more fast’n’loose, gritty, no-frills heavy metal, full of bluesy licks, swag­ger and good­time rock ’n’roll aban­don that will no doubt add to the band’s still-grow­ing cult sta­tus. ■■■■■■■■■■

FOR FANS OF: Motör­head, Venom, Girlschool the wit and farce that made its source ma­te­rial so en­dear­ing. In their place are by-the-book riffs clash­ing with mis­placed at­tempts at com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion. While the lead sin­gle, Black­ened Call, is a bar­rage of har­monic Satanism, The Crowned Daugh­ters has acous­tic verses weirdly akin to Ghost, but through­out the al­bum searches for an identity with all the grace of a drunk­ard stum­bling home from the pub. ■■■■■■■■■■

FOR FANS OF: Dis­sec­tion, Em­peror, Dark Tran­quil­lity

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