Nothing quite divides opinion in music more than extreme metal, and no other genre demands the utmost loyalty from its listeners than doom. Whether your particular taste is stoner, sludge, funeral, ambient or experimental, the avid follower of doom music generally sticks to their favourite style. Comunion, the debut full length by the Argentinian band Asilo, is a difficult entity to categorize being that it straddles several styles of doom, with sludge, funeral and ambient covering the majority of influences, but also including traces of punk/crust.
If you can imagine the doom genre as being a long forgotten, brackish pool of water situated somewhere behind an ancient, crumbling old ruin, then, lurking in the sluggish depths of the most stagnant area you would find Asilo. Where lovers of bands such as Candlemass might hesitate before dipping their toes into this murky water, those for whom bands such as Worship are the true face of doom, would immerse themselves immediately into the slime.
Asilo crawled forth from Buenos Aries in 2010 and “Comunion” is their debut long player following a series of split EPs. The band consists of four members, including two bass players but no lead guitar. Two members of the band handle vocal duties, both with contrasting styles .The album contains ten tracks, seven of which average around seven minutes in length. The remaining three tracks are piano interludes averaging just over two minutes long.
The opening track “Geografias“ contains a slow ambient introduction before halfway through, the bass and vocals, or rather shrieks, suddenly sever the quiet, and this sets the tone for the rest of the album. The next track ” Picheclega Fe” is an altogether punkier affair in direct contrast to the slowish tempo of the opener. “Epidemia Mundial Del Desencanto” is the first of the piano interludes. Rather than just fillers, I found this song and both “Anti Voz” and “No a la Vida, to be quite haunting. The next section of the album is my favourite. The bass on “La Paciencia de Chuchillo,” “Arquitectura del Silencio” and “La Ultima Voluntad has more depth to it, therefore not being drowned out slightly by the shrieking, thus making the tracks sound heavier and giving the remainder of the album more of a defining doom influence. In fact the funereal pace of “La Ultima Voluntad” wouldn’t go amiss on a Worship album. Miedo y Curiosidad is the most ‘mainstream’ track on the album and even throws a saxophone into the mix.
So, does Asilo deserve to be checked out further? Absolutely. If you can cope with the extreme vocals, underneath you will discover a diverse, menacing, dangerous album. The sound has a harshness to it, which on first listen makes you wish the bass was more in your face, but give it a chance and the quality of the music eventually shines through.
Why not dip your hand into the pool; go on…I dare you!
2. Pichiciega Fe
3. (Epidemia Mundial del Desencanto)
4. La Paciencia del Cuchillo
5. Arquitectura del Silencio
6. (Anti Voz)
7. Dinamica del Cambio
8. Miedo y Curiosidad
9. (No a la Vida)
10. La Ultima Voluntad
You can check out Comunion, as well as the rest of the split EP’s here: http://asilo.bandcamp.com/album/comuni-n