Badass Band Alert: Asylum

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Get in here and learn about Asylum, a blackened tech-death band from Forth Worth, Texas!

I don’t remember exactly how I heard about these guys, but I’m willing to bet it was Youtube recommendation related… Here’s the first song I heard. It’s killer. Check it out:

It’s unlike anything I’ve heard. It has the technicality of tech death, only without being over the top. On the other hand, it has the atmosphere and vocals that you might expect from black metal. It’s like what would happen if Skeletonwitch and Enfold Darkness had a baby.

I received my physical copy of Committed in the mail just the other day, and it came with a hand-written thank you note from the band. That kind of thing is just cool and it earned them even more points in my book. These guys care about their fans.

Don’t forget to download their new EP, Comitted, for whatever price you want via their Bandcamp, and like them on Facebook.

  • Death
    • Mother Shabubu III

      Reminder of why Revolver mag sucks: they once called Burst a “poor man’s Opeth” in a review of Origo.

      • The Death Groke (Mörkö)

        They did? I hate them even more!

        • Mother Shabubu III

          I think they gave it like 3 or 3 and a half stars too, from what I remember.

          • Death

            I like Lazarus Bird better

          • Mother Shabubu III

            I only know that album and Lazarus Bird. I’m surprised how no one talks about Lazarus Bird. It’s really fucking good.

          • Death

            If I remember correctly, their first album is pretty bad.

  • Death

    I like that shit, Jack!

    • Me Too!

      • Death

        I see you are interested in coprophilia?

        • I think you have me confused with bojangles.

          • Death

            Don’t deny your desires!

      • Randall Thor

        Me too!

  • Randall Thor

    One small way that you can help great small bands like this is go to their MA page and plug in some similar artists: http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Asylum/3540381281

    • Death

      Do you know this band? I fucking love them. I got physical copy of their first ep.

      http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Oblivionized/3540326847

    • That’s actually a great idea. Something I never would have thought of.

      • Randall Thor

        It’s pretty clear most people don’t, even the more popular bands have less than 100 recs on their pages.

    • Howard Dean

      That’s literally how I found like half of my favorite new artists when I was learning the metal ropes.

      • Randall Thor

        And that’s how a ton of newer, undiscovered acts can be found! So next time you find a band that is just getting a start, do them a favor and update their similar artists on MA. Click the “Edit” button to see already submitted artists so you can just upvote them.

        • Howard Dean

          I’m a longtime MA fan, user, and forum lurker. The archives are my metal holy book.

          • Randall Thor

            Hail and kill, brother.

          • Xan

            That’s essentially how I found most of the more obscure old school death metal bands that never really achieved success.

    • I second this.

      • Randall Thor

        Then give me an upvote so I can FLOAT TO THE TOP

        • GOOD IDEA.

          • Randall Thor

            ONLY 2 UPVOTES, WHICH MEANS ONLY ME AND ONE OTHER PERSON HAS DONE THIS. MSD DON’T LET ME DOWN, TELL ME YOU HAVE ALREADY GONE AND DONATED UPBOATS TO THIS

          • Death

            Plz don’t yell. I liked your comment early on, bby.

          • Randall Thor

            I meant only 2 upvotes for bands on the similar artists page on MA

          • Death

            Sorry bby. I don’t have a MA account.

          • Randall Thor

            It’s free/easy, go make one!

          • Death

            But I don’t like making account to sites that I know I’ll never use.

          • that’s where you’re incorrect. you’ll use MA.

          • Death

            Wait, did you change your profile pic?

          • yeah, i saw it was the cool thing to do

          • Death

            Way to go with the current.

          • All the cool kids are doing it.

          • The Death Groke (Mörkö)

            Dammit Jack! It’s too mainstream! You’ll lose all of your hipster credit!

          • I don’t need hipster cred. I have my pistol.

          • The Death Groke (Mörkö)

            This is me coming to fucking kill you!

          • lol plz try.

          • The Death Groke (Mörkö)

            I don’t want to kill you because I love you.

          • The Death Groke (Mörkö)

            ur just a mad cunt.

          • Scrimm

            Speaking of pistols, I bought a new one recently and put a couple hundred rounds through it for the first time on Saturday. Most fun I’ve had in a while.

  • Keegan Lavern Still

    It’s really cool when bands add that extra touch. I got a personal note as well when I got a physcial copy of Keeper’s demo last week. Right now, it has its own special place on my bookshelf with the note stuck to it.

  • Howard Dean

    I’ll definitely have to give this a listen when I have a few minutes (maybe during lunch). Based on your description alone, I’m excited to hear what it’s like.

    Tangent: I went to a Zac Brown Band concert last night. Mind you, I’m not really a country fan. But ZBB fucking rip. What an amazing show.
    To his credit, he’s equal parts or more rock/southern rock than he is traditional country, and boy does it ever feel that way when you see him live. His band is huge (8 guys), and the sound is massive. Like, blow you out of the amphitheater and into a porta-potty huge. Guitars, standup bass, violin, Hammond organ, drums, bongos, fucking everything. And they are tight as fuck. They played for almost three hours!

    Highlights included a 20+ minute all out frenzied guitar jam in the middle of a song (where the keyboard player picked up an electric guitar and literally shredded for like ten minutes straight), and the encore. For the encore, the band came out in skeleton costumes (masks and jumpsuits) to play their new song, “Day for the Dead.” It was surreal and awesome. Then they played an ultra fast and extended cover of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Too fucking awesome.

    As I was sitting there watching them jam out, I kept imagining what it would be like if they changed it up and went metal for a record or two. Frankly, I think they would blow all of these wannabe “prog” wanksters right out of the fucking water. They have the musicianship, skill, chops, whatever you want to call it. If they did a metal album, I think it would take a shit all over newer Opeth, Mastodon, and all of those fuckers who are trying to be all proggy metal nowadays.

    • Death

      But prog is love, prog is life…

    • Randall Thor

      I saw them in NC, and can confirm, I hate country but I will go see ZBB again

      • Howard Dean

        I felt the same way. I really don’t like country. My wife is a big ZBB fan, and I listened to his newest album and his new EP during a car trip recently. I liked what they were putting down, and we decided to hit up a concert. They were amazing. I would go again in a heartbeat.

        • Kevin Nash and Friends

          Are they really that good? They’re coming to a venue that’s about an hour and a half from me on August 29th and I might go if they’re that good.

          • Howard Dean

            Yes, I think they are. I was really shocked by how good of a show they put on. Live, they are how I imagine the Allman Brothers Band were 35-40 years ago.

            If you can stomach the torrent of chubby drunk people in ridiculous clothing and straw cowboy hats (my inner misanthrope was ready to vomit hate on motherfuckers), definitely go.

    • Kevin Nash and Friends

      Never seen Zac Brown. Not really a fan of country music. What I’m doing right now is attempting to finish something I started a long time ago, a challenge I have never completed. I am attempting the Emmure Challenge, a challenge where you listen to everything Emmure ever recorded in one sitting. I just started it and I have gotten through four songs and I hate myself for inventing it. I wish I didn’t invent this challenge. I really wish i didn’t.

      • You crazy motherflusher.

      • Keegan Lavern Still

        What on earth possessed you to do such a thing, man?!

      • Simon Phoenix

        Don’t do it to yourself. You will want to beat everyone down as badly as Brock Lesnar beat down Cena last night.

        • Kevin Nash and Friends

          I couldn’t get past 4 songs. I’m very happy about Lesnar winning the title considering I was at Summerslam with my wife who I got married to in a 24 hour wedding chapel in Vegas earlier that day when that happened.

  • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

    1/5 flushes to Asylum….adding to list of stuff to listen to more often

  • God

    And thanks to Jacks recommendation, I also bought their cd/shirt bundle which also came with a handwritten note and to my pleasant surprise a 6′ sticker. Killer guys and killer band.

    • Death

      “Killer guys and killer band.” Oh shit mate, that’s illegal. You should call the police. Killing is not okay. That’s not how society works!

      • God

        Bitch how many people do you think I’ve killed?

        • Death

          Are you seriously going to have a killing competition with Death?

          • God smited a whole city once.

          • and drowned the rest in 40 days of rain. I think he has you beat.

          • Death

            But I killed God. Ask Nietzsche. I also killed super death.

          • God

            Nietzsche THOUGHT I died. I’m a good faker.

          • Death

            Don’t you fucking question Nietzsche, you scrub!

          • Did you forget that acfp has the job now anyway? Which renders your argument invalid.

          • Death

            I don’t recognize your authority, so no.

          • Ah, well you will recognize it when I end u.

          • Death

            You won’t end me. YOU CAN’T END ME! Get rekt bad kid.

          • I already have. You just don’t know it yet.

          • Death

            You’re not even real. You’re from a bad tv show.

          • The TV show is just a cover so people don’t know I actually exist.

          • Death

            Besides, you’re ranked in NU tier while I’m in Uber.

          • Scrimm

            Ouch, hard to beat that one, D.

          • Death

            That’s cute.

          • Ferguson?

          • Death

            Jimmy plz don’t start this.

          • Interrogation room.

          • you changed your avatar.

          • Death

            Mainstream fucks.

          • God

            If we did, id win! Everyone who ever died has died because I allowed them too.

          • Death

            Nah, I don’t buy your bullshit.

          • God

            Don’t deny the truth death!

          • Death

            I don’t, that’s what you’re doing.

        • Xan

          That shit with Ananias and Sapphira was pretty bad ass. Bitches better not lie to God!

  • Howard Dean

    Ok, finally had a moment to listen. As advertised, did not disappoint. Kind of a strange amalgam of sound/influence at first, but it kind of works. 1.5/5 flushes–would give another listen.

  • Mother Shabubu III

    Not what I expected them to look like.

    • Howard Dean

      The second guy from the right looks like Genghis Khan from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. I’m waiting for him to scrub his head with a toilet brush or brutalize a mannequin with a youth baseball bat.

      • Death was in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey

        • Death

          That was not me. It was a body double. I was in The Seventh Seal.

      • W.

        He totally thrashed Oshman’s Sporting Goods.

        • Howard Dean

          He loves twinkies for their excellent sugar rush.

    • Cock of Steele

      “I’m the bass player HRUMPH”

    • Christian Molenaar

      Honestly this is exactly what I expected.

  • Gorgasm

    Great stuff, throwing a like at these guys.

    Finally found that fucking Fallujah CD and my copy of Atlas Moth’s “Old Believer” finally came in the mail today!!!!

    • The Death Groke (Mörkö)

      Send it to me!

    • Nice! Which Fallujah CD?

      • Gorgasm

        Flesh Prevails

        Took long enough for the local Hastings to get it in stock. Was talking to a fellow metalhead who works there, good friend. Told me they ordered their stock like two months ago and they barely received it last Wednesday.

        • Cool, Harvest Wombs is better by a little bit I think but I still haven’t decided 100%.

          • The Death Groke (Mörkö)

            Get rekt bad cunt!

          • The Death Groke (Mörkö)

            Jack, if you won’t stop that, I’ll send you shemale porn!

          • Why do you even have that?

          • The Death Groke (Mörkö)

            I don’t, but I can find it easily.

          • The Death Groke (Mörkö)

            Think about your next move Jack.

          • Are you kidding? I have already thought about it and executed it.

          • The Death Groke (Mörkö)

            What’s your email address? Trust me mate, I won’t send you shemale porn.

          • The Death Groke (Mörkö)

            Soon there’ll be chicks with dicks.

          • Gorgasm

            Cool. I’ll be sure to check that one out as well.

          • interrogation room.

  • Simon Phoenix

    You had me at. “It’s like what would happen if Skeletonwitch and Enfold Darkness had a baby.”

    I could imagine myself listening to this while I’m in the sewers of San Angeles hunting for underground dwellers to torture and kill.

    • Xan

      Sounds like a hobby I might start considering.

  • Wizard Aura

    I thought this was going to suck and it was awesome

  • I REALLY like this stuff. Thanks for the BABA Alert!