Asunder – Works Will Come Undone

asunder_032707_worksFeaturing members from such notable acts as Weakling and Amber Asylum, San Francisco’s Asunder are no stranger to creating depth and interest within their collective works. Asunder as well peers into the mighty void where creativity and soul chilling atmosphere congeal into the shapeless form of musical dread that dwells at the core of truly good and inspired metal. Stylistically existing in that nebulous state between the lands where Neurosis, My Dying Bride, old Anathema and Paradise Lost rule supreme, Asunder do sound like splintered fragments of each aforementioned band, yet power on through the comparisons to arrive at a booming form of depressive doom that stands proud on it’s own merit. Elongated riffs plod along through the melancholic fog to embrace searing guitar harmonies and even some very organic sounding synth lines to unveil new and treacherous folds of creativity and musical depth. The vocals heavily put me in mind of the miserable, burnt out groans of old Anathema singer, Darren White, which is a good thing since I always felt that he was a very talented and often overlooked death growler in the scene. This vocal presence fits perfectly with Asunder’s fully bloated guitar sound, thanks to the organic recording/sound production talents of one Billy Anderson. The actual meat found at the core of both tracks on this lengthy album are enough to sell me on Asunder’s take on the doom genre, but when the band opts for pointless, directionless and uninspired drone-scape at the end of the lengthy track “Rite of Finality”, I felt like this attempt at creating “hypnotic atmosphere” was missed by a long shot. Filler is more like it. Emerging out of such powerful cello passages and clean guitar lines, into a song that seemingly climaxes with well composed power, only to fall into the easy trappings of blind rumbling is unfortunate. Thankfully this experiment lurks at the end of the CD, so it won’t completely distract the listener from the music Asunder has spent the most time composing. All in all this is a very impressive release from a band that is trying to uphold the olden, sadly long gone days of deeply penetrating death doom. I would like to hear maybe some shorter songs on the next album and more of an unfolding glimpse into this bands songwriting ability, than the long and wandering nature of “Works will Come Undone”, but as it stands, this remains a very impressive effort from some of the SF scenes most notable musicians. – Marty

~ by martyworm on January 2, 2009.

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