Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

lördag 16 juni 2018


Artist: Assimilation
Released: 2017-03-17
Style: Death Metal | Thrash Metal
Runtime: 56:04

I found Jesse on instagram and through there I discovered his band Assimilation - Vancouver's premiere old school inspired death/thrash metal band in true proper 'Re-Animator'-spirit, as well as 'Ritual Sacrifice', 'Terrifier' and 'Natural Hate'. They were formed as 'Ceaseless Discharge' in 2011 but changed their band name in 2012. They offer right in-your-face metal - disgusting and scary as fuck.

After the release of their first EP 'Apotheosis' (2015) they recruited Shiloh Anderson on bass and Matt Chanway on lead guitar to round out the new and more focused sound. This is dirty and screwed up with a catchy development to be a new era of old death metal which otherwise tends to be repetitive and boring to be honest.

The Laws of Power quickly starts with their first track 'Sigil of The False God ' which can be described as a bootkick on the nutsack. No elaborated, boring and meaningless intros; just rigorous, degrading and sickly thrashened metal with skullfucking drumbeats with insane blastwounds, hard-ass bassruns and well-stocked guitar-solos like a friggin' Sami Raatikainen (Necrophagist) and with highpitched shrieks like a rodent mantis mutilating his younger brother.

This is precisley how I want my Death Metal; in true spirit of neo-classical shred-style and fingerslapping bass guitars. A really cool music experience with sick attitude, good production and helluva self-confidence. It's hard as hell to get the extraordinary old school feeling with today's new technology, but Assimilation has managed to capture the whole concept.

'Apotheosis' and 'Massive Liquidation' may be my two biggest favourite tracks from this album, but all titles have their own greatness. It's an album that's required to listen through several times to form new perceptions. It isn't easy listening, not at all, but the details are important to summarize a little more carefully to understand what kind of talents I'm talking about.

The Laws of Power was released on CD in 550 limited pieces via SAOL (Service For Artist Owned Labels) in March 17th, 2017 and deserves a purchase if you like stylish old school metal. I'm looking forward to what kind of magic set they have for the next release.


Jesse Jardine - Vocals, Guitar
Matthew Chanway - Guitar
Shiloh Anderson - Bass
Stephen Shaw - Drums

Rene Wilkinson - Lead Guitars

Label: SAOL
Country: Canada



Editor of and writer for Twisted Minds. Swedish consumer who collects odd articles and marries all abnormal creativities, whether it's music, film or literature. Former owner and writer for Surreal Goryfication and Goregasmic Cinema Magazine.