Distributor / Label: Black Widow Records
Buy Album: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deep-from-the-Underground/dp/B07CZYHPNS
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/asymmetryofego
01 – Intro – Freedom for Convenience 1:12
02 – Erase Myself 4:40
03 – The Sound of Brightness 3:50
04 – The Monster 4:10
05 – Deep From The Underground 4:02
06 – I Don’t Know (Charlie says Fuck) 4:10
07 – One Word 4:13
08 – Fake Lies 4:10
09 – The Ant Heap Awakens 4:07
10 – Outro – Torn Apart 1:32
Asymmetry of Ego are a progressive rock/metal band hailing from Genova, Italy. The band formed in 2014 with their first release seeing daylight in 2015. They are signed with Black Widow Records and as of 2019 have released their debut, ten track album ‘Forsake Beyond the Dusk.’
We are ushered into the theme of the album with the opening track, ‘Freedom from Convenience’, and although the track is short, it definitely sets the scene for what we are about to experiences. It is atmospheric as layers of sounds intertwine to create the ambience. Even though there is no climax so to speak, the feel is substantial, accompanied by guitars throughout. ‘Erase Myself’ is how will we begin the album, as their first fully fleshed-out track.
It opens with heavy riffs to create a sense of energy, accompanied by an eerie choice of keyboard effects to create an unsettling atmosphere. Lead singer and guitarist Simone Carbone introduces us to his voice with soft and gentle vocals, giving us the glimpse that we need of the true sound of this band, which from what we have heard so far, is a palatable mix of alternative/progressive and rock sounds. ‘The Sound of Brightness’ continues the heavy nature of the group then goads us into a new experience. The heaviness of the track dampens into gentle, if not soft, encounters with keyboards to accompany the mood. We are greeted with a full-bodied chorus to make the track memorable and re-playable, with the obvious addition of a djent guitar tone, synonymous with the progressive metal subgenre.
From the heavy opening of the tracks before, ‘The Monster’ gives us a minute to breathe with a light piano introduction that gains momentum throughout its duration. Just as we are lulled into a sense of serenity, the guitars kick back in with a sound more related to a metal track, yet it works perfectly well. The piano accompanies the guitar throughout in a perfect symbiotic partnership .‘Deep from the Underground’ takes a slightly different approach, treating our ears with some cleaner sounding guitars; not a welcome change but a separation that is welcomed by the ears. There is a delightfully melancholy, if not sombre tone detected throughout the track which we find creeping in and out of this album, giving Asymmetry of Ego their own unique sound. Another robust chorus is played loud and leads us by the hand to its inevitable fulmination.
In slight change of pace, the progressive and sometimes metal-edged side to this group is put aside for ‘I Don’t Know (Charlie Says Fuck)’. Verses of a lighter and more playful nature are given to us to do with as we please, and is followed through into the chorus, giving us a feel completely different to what we have experienced so far. The track is a treat for the ears and its easily digestible; a really memorable track. ‘One Word’ begins to me like the approach to a haunted house; it is terrifyingly exhilarating and yet enjoyable all at once. Guitars give off an ethereal gloom, that is until the eerie fog clears and we are punched by the aggressive guitar riffs of before, accompanied by our old friend the keyboard. The song is an eclectic mix of morose and happy, a sweet and sour mix that tantalises our taste buds as the chorus smashes us again.
‘Fake Lies’ once more happily introduces us to a gentle opener. The introduction would be exciting, if we had not had the same experiences with previous tracks on this record. The band definitely have their own style and I believe this is it; gentle openings with a hard pounding in the middle to break into the heart of the song. It is a great system but done too often and their sound may become repetitive and predictable to an audience.
‘The Ant Heap Awakens’ is what I would personally define as the last fully formed track of ‘Forsake Beyond the Dusk’. It is the last track on the debut album with vocals and a great way to say goodbye to the experience of this album. Although it is the final big number from this grouping, it does unfortunately follow the same system as the previous tracks in its build up.
‘Outro – Torn Apart’ begins its short time in the spotlight at only a minute and a half long. It is reminiscent of the opening track ‘Freedom from Convenience’ in the way that the experience is more ambient than a real show-stopper. It brings us in and lets us out like a tide, a relaxing and enjoyable musical experience towards the end of this extremely atmospheric production. The album has been a wonderful audio experience and even if it feels like Asymmetry of Ego are only just finding their feet, they certainly do have a firm footing on a genre that would do well from a little more, and Asymmetry of Ego might just be the Italians for the job.