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Asomvel – Knuckle Duster

album by:
Asomvel
Version:
Audio CD
Price:
£9.14

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On November 22, 2013
Last modified:July 2, 2015

Summary:

If you like your music hard and fast, it's a tried and tested formula and you will love Asomvel. Knuckle Duster is a must listen for die-hard Motorhead fans and likely to be enjoyed by both Punks and Rockers alike.

Asomvel
Asomvel

Formed in 1993 by the late Jay-Jay Winter and Lenny Robinson. Tragically Jay-Jay was involved in a fatal car crash in October 2010, a terrible loss which could leave a band deciding to call it a day. However as AC/DC found Brian Johnson after the death of  Bon Scott, Asomvel have continued with Conan. Who knows where they will be in 40 years time! The band released their second album Knuckle Duster on Bad Omen records in October 2013.

I played this album a few times before putting pen to paper (literally – hand written bullets to begin) and my immediate thought was Motorhead! The riffs, the rhythm and even the singing style are very similar. Whilst a lot of the tracks are samey it’s a good samey! Speed! Rhythm! Energy!

As with most albums some tracks are better than others but I thought all were listen-able and didn’t need to press the skip button! I’d certainly bang this on in the car and put my foot down! Opening track Dead Set On Living started with fast drums and riffs but I’ve already mentioned those! I’m not going to cover every track specifically but here are some highlights.

I picked up elements of Motorhead’s Iron Fist in Cash Whore. The riffs in Trash Talker reminded me of The Beast and the Harlot by Avenged Sevenfold, I was also reminded of Dave Evans’ You Talking to Me, although that may just have been due to the chorus – You Talking to Me!

I liked the lyrics in Waster. ‘Hang around like a bad smell, don’t talk to me cos you’re boring as hell!’ ‘You’re a Waster’ etc. This one was a bit slower but had some good riffage to go with the lyrics! The title track Knuckle Duster also had the Avenged Sevenfold, The Beast and The Harlot flavour. Stranglehold my favourite track on the album was like a hybrid between The Anti-Nowhere League and Motorhead, say We Are The League meets Ace of Spades?  Although I pick up Motorhead in a lot of Punk Classics and see many a Mohican at Motorhead gigs.

I often get bored if all tracks sound similar, but not in this instance. If you like your music hard and fast, it’s a tried and tested formula and you will love Asomvel. Knuckle Duster is a must listen for die-hard Motorhead fans and likely to be enjoyed by both Punks and Rockers alike.

 

Asomvel
Asomvel
Asomvel: Knuckle Duster Cover
Asomvel: Knuckle Duster Cover

Track Listing:

1. Dead Set on Livin’
2. Cash Whore
3. Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing
4. Trash Talker
5. Waster
6. Shoot Ya Down
7. Wrecking Ball
8. Knuckle Duster
9. Stranglehold
10. Final Hour
11. Hangman’s Rope

Band Members:

Conan – Bass/Vocals
Lenny Robinson – Guitar
Jason Hope – Drums
Jay-Jay Winter (R.I.P.) – Bass/Vocals (Founding member)

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ASOMVEL

Website: http://www.asomvel.com

 

If you like your music hard and fast, it's a tried and tested formula and you will love Asomvel. Knuckle Duster is a must listen for die-hard Motorhead fans and likely to be enjoyed by both Punks and Rockers alike.

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!
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