Asylum 8 - Thanatophobia
Hailing from Kuopio, the birthplace of industrial metal giants Shade Empire and Turmion Kätilöt, Asylum 8 has put out their own effort to this Kuopio-scene by releasing a single called Thanatophobia; and it sounds just like what you’d expect.
The song begins with an EDM-like synth intro and hammering blastbeat, which will blow wax out of ears The throttle doesn’t cease as the verse rolls in seamlessly with prominent growling vocals and beeping synths before the best part of the song: the chorus.
Chorus introduces us Henry H’s clean singing, which is the weakest point of the song, while the collaboration of clockwork drum pounding and guitars steamrolls the listener over, it just seems that the clean vocals are lacking power required to meet with the overall power of the song. Yet the groove is so good that it’s forgivable.
Thanatophobia is a solid, straightforward and strong song filled with razor-sharp drum and guitar work and especially the chorus makes your head bang subconsciously, Sadly, the song doesn’t have much to add to the small genre of finnish industrial metal and it reminds of Fear of Domination. Yet the single leaves a hunger for more and leaves me wanting to hear a full album soon from Asylum 8.
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Consistent, groovy, catchy and a strong showcase of what words 'Kuopio' and 'industrial metal' are all about.
Thanatophobia doesn't have anything new to offer nor does it have anything distinguishing.
Clean vocals are too light and lacking "balls" to keep up with the intensity of the rest of the song.