Chuck Schuldiner Project

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Asthma Castle - Mount Crushmore

Asthma Castle are a stoner metal band built out of scene veterans and with a fuck you attitude that you gotta admire. Their over the top heaviness and hardcore inspired riffing makes this quasi-supergroup (It features members of Integrity and Pig Destroyer after all) all the more memorable. This offering, Mount Crushmore, out on Hellmistress Records is chock to the brim with stoner jokes and punishing rhythms, it's an addictive listen and one that sticks its head out from a sea of bland stoner rockers.

There is a tendency in the world of stoner rock these days to lean more towards the rock side of things and this record is a perfect example of that. While Asthma Castle isn't without its more low key moments the record by and large seems to rely on a pummeling sense of drive. When the band does step back to rest in waves of distortion it's a welcome respite and in some ways a deep breath before another plunge. It's hard as a fan not to be enamored with the brutal magic of what they continue to paint and the bleak unreality that this band brings to the table as they it you with crushing blow after crushing blow.

I like how this record flirts with being over the top and the sheer brawniness of the riffage// sure some of the songs are too logn but that is something that will naturally correct itself over the course of time. Asthma Castle have unleashed something very exciting with this particular release and it makes me curious for where this bands endless cloud of marijuana smoke is going to take them next. There is a ton of potential here and a truly inspired drum performance by Adam Jarvis (Yes, that Adam Jarvis) so what more could you want?

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