(8/10) I have the feeling that 'supergroups' spring up like mushrooms at the moment. Maybe this has to do with the start of the autumn season or whatever.
Saint Asonia is the name of one of those 'supergroups'; this time in the field of alternative metal. So, what's so super with the group. Basically Saint Asonia are four guys that you might have heard about already in another context. Adam Gontier (v,g) played also for Three Days Grace, Mike Mushok is on lead guitar and known from Stained, Corey Lowery (Eye Empire) is on the four-string and the drumkit is in hands of Rich Beddoe, former part of Finger Eleven.
Saint Asonia was formed by those guys back in 2014 in Toronto, Canada. The band/project wasn't really meant to be a supergroup. It is more a constellation of musicians, sharing the same musical taste, that found a new channel to express their creative output.
The first single of the self-titles debut album is "Better Place" which was also chosen to be the opener for "Saint Asonia". It's a lusty rock song that clearly shows the alternative metal and post-grunge roots of the different band members. The fourpiece sounds surprisingly heavy, which is a for sure benefit of the album. Far away from bands like Nickleback the four guys make some noise and build a lot of songs on massive guitar riffs.
More quite tunes ensure a diversity on this debut album. "Even Though I Say" is one of this slow songs that are soulful by still having rougher components too. And even "Waste My Time, the obligatory ballad on the longplayer, is a well-done and bitter sweet moment on "Saint Asonia". I have to say that the second half of the record became a bit softer anyhow. Not that those tunes can't keep the level of the early ones. However, the acoustic guitar gets more into spotlight, like in the soulful "Try To Catch Up With the World".
"Happy Tragedy" is bringing back the the crunchy riffs, at least partly, before with "Leaving Minnesota" the next slow tunes starts - and actually finishs the album.
"Saint Asonia" is a highly professional alternative rock/metal album that manages the balancing act between mainstream and heaviness. The excellent production is hereby the cherry on the cake. Saint Asonia can reach with their album post-grungers as well as the younger fans; something that will make the album to a commercial success.
In my point of view we got a great debut from this band, with the small sidenote that the second have been a bit harder. Maybe next time.
- Better Place
- Blow Me Wide Open
- Let Me Live My Life
- Even Though I Say
- Fairy Tale
- King of Nothing
- Waste My Time
- Dying Slowly
- Trying To Catch Up With the World
- Happy Tragedy
- Leaving Minnesota
Label: Columbia (Sony Music)
Genre: Alternative Metal
Release date EU: October 23rd, 2015