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Sound Of Violence On ASIWYFA

Turn your ears to each individual instrument and you will finally understand how complex their music is

When you think of Irish music, you're likely to think of Ambassadors Of Rock U2, shoegazing pioneers My Bloody Valentine or the folk stylings of Damien Rice. But you'd be missing the bigger picture to ignore the fact the scene is also chockfull of music far more abrasive and a damn sight less forgiving. This is where ASIWYFA come in.

These 11 songs show us the quartet's recipe for success. And, fittingly, it's as tortuous as their name. In their repertoire: a rather large serving of Chevreuil-esque post rock, a fair dollop of the post-metal of Isis or Cult of Luna, and a small but significant pinch of the guitar techniques from those wonderful Americans, Battles, all mixed in with some of Explosions In The Sky's more psychedelic passages.

Even though the album rests on it's heaviness and latent power (see "Start A Band" with it's abrasive riffing), each song possesses enough dynamics, rhythm and versatile structure to not let up the assault (just look at the almost Creole "Tip Of The Hat, Punch In The Face" which ends with a total metal deluge).

Turn your ears to each individual instrument and you will finally understand how complex their music is: there is so much dexterity within each snippet, so efficently technical. Though most of the tracks hurtle along at full tilt ("If It Ain't Broke... Break It") others are purifying and uplifting (the excellent "Don't Waste Time Doing Things You Hate") – these give the listener enough time to catch their breath before the next onslaught.

Even if ASIWYFA don't always break free from their influences, their music is a liberating experience which you are more than happy to be part of while your nerves finally give up...

3.5 / 5

- Emeline, Sound Of Violence