ASG TO WIN US OVER AT DESERTFEST!
North Carolina’s A.S.G. have been blasting their brand of stoner metal since the beginning of the century and have a healthy five albums in the vaults.
2013’s storming “Blood Drive” was the most recent and rumors- abound that a new long player will see the light of day this year. Incorporating all the influences you’d expect from down south, spiced with their own uniquely creative personalities, you’ll get your fix of bluesy stoner and metallic punk, along with some really emotive vox from guitarist/vocalist Jason Shi, which are all-over the scale from plaintive melodic refrains à la Layne Staley or Perry Farrell, to screaming metal anger.
He’s backed up by a great band who are equally diverse in their talents, supplying the riffs and brutality, or the astral explorations, depending on where the mood takes them from one song to the next. The Jane’s Addiction and AIC comparisons stand-up for the band as a whole when they are in full-on harmony mode (maybe throw-in some Torche too!), but they can also rage like thrashing NOLA sludge when they turn up the fire. ASG haven’t been hugely active on the international scene of late, but they’ll put pay to that this May…….it’s All Systems Go for Desertfest 2018!
Words: Rich Sheppard