"As a whole, "The Fear" is a great display of Asylum Road's musical talent. With their unyielding approach to creating hard-hitting music and their willingness to tackle thought-provoking topics, they have crafted a truly captivating EP"
By Stephen Cummings (BeardBo & GH/UK)
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Asylum Road, hailing from Derry, Northern Ireland, have made a powerful impact with their latest EP release, "The Fear," which hit the shelves on January 26th, 2024. Taking cues from various genres such as groove, deathcore, and metalcore, the band brings a unique blend of sounds that captivate listeners from start to finish. With their formation in 2019, Asylum Road wastes no time in making a significant entrance into the metal-verse
"The Fear" consists of five powerful songs that showcase the band's raw and unfiltered approach to their music. The EP begins with "Malignant," an examination of the darkest hours of the night. The haunting melodies and intense vocals set the tone for what is to come.
"Hyperfixated" follows suit, continuing the EP's exploration of the dangers of overindulgence, particularly in alcohol. Asylum Road unapologetically delves into the consequences and potential harm caused by excessive partying.
The EP's title track, "The Fear," serves as a bridge between "Hyperfixated" and the emotionally charged finale, "Requiem." Both of these songs address the repercussions of unchecked behavior and the visceral anxiety one may experience through their lyrics. Asylum Road masterfully captures these emotions, leaving a lasting impact on the listener.
However, it is "Requiem" that truly steals the show. This poignant song tackles the difficult theme of losing a loved one without the opportunity to say one last goodbye. Asylum Road's lyrics hit hard, resonating with anyone who has experienced the pain of loss. The band's raw sound and the emotional weight of the song make it an unforgettable experience.
The EP also includes "Changing of the Tide," a reflective song that calls for an awakening to the role religious ideologies have played in the history of mass killings and wars. Asylum Road does not shy away from exploring controversial subjects, proving that they have more to offer than just their powerful sound.
As a whole, "The Fear" is a great display of Asylum Road's musical talent. With their unyielding approach to creating hard-hitting music and their willingness to tackle thought-provoking topics, they have crafted a truly captivating EP. Fans of groove, deathcore, and metalcore are sure to find satisfaction in the band's infectious sound. Asylum Road has cemented their place in the metal scene, and "The Fear" stands as a testament to their potential and growing influence.