Asado - Asado
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: May 23, 2008
Another one of those "Canadian punk bands" that seem to be popping up on every street corner... from Vancouver to Saskatchewan. Fast, melodic, pissed-off anthems for the every-youths of North America... from the Yukon to Acapulco.
How is it?
We all know how this patterned sound goes: four to five regular guys playing aggressive, multi-layered songs about pretty standard issues that reflect their point of view. It's certainly nothing new, and in a recent scene where melodic hardcore bands out of Canada seem to be all the rage, Asado doesn't ever throw a breaking ball or two down the plate -- you know what the count is, you're aware of the situation, and you know the pitch. Whether or not it's a home run, well, is up to any fan of the genre.
"Reactionary Tones" blows open the doors with an angry introduction that sums up the type of lyrical content you'll be seeing for all eleven tracks. "Watchdog (For a Better Piece of Life)" is old-school Bouncing Souls painted in Joey Cape melody, humming along at a brisk pace with Rob Daniels' slacker charm. "Pointing Blame" is a blistering cut laced in "enough is enough" attitude, all while showing off just how fast each member can play. Let's not ignore the fact the band has enough skill to thrash around like an old-school skate-punk band can, but by the time this album reaches it's anthemic & bitter end, Asado hasn't strayed too far from the opening number. It's a straightforward sound that is "for fans only," and while Asado may be a-ok with that, it's not for everyone. Daniels sometimes comes across as inarticulate and with his sermons being a big draw to Asado's melodic hardcore sound, it sends mixed signals. Oftentimes, it's an appealing trait (some of punk rock's best frontmen garbled their words), but for as much as the band relies on low-key, repetitive rhythms, that message is important to get out -- albeit in a structured, focused means.
Asado still has time to ensure their stitch in the punk rock quilt doesn't meld into other bands' work, however, it would be better for these guys to work on making sure their patch isn't looked over and that future Canuck punks turn to them for inspiration.
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