Hey there, tech fiends. It's that time of the week again. Before we dive into today's focus, here's the usual weekly reminder that if you're looking for even more sick bands to hear, all prior editions of this series can be perused here.
Today I'm zeroing in on False Peace, the very recently released sophomore album by Portland-based skronk super weirdos Aseitas. If I get any information wrong from here to the end of the article, please let me know so I can fix anything that needs to be fixed? I'm not new to the band per se, but, I didn't really zero in on the group prior to now.
As a lot of people know, the band dropped their self-titled debut album, Aseitas, in 2018. For a self-released effort with no real promotional support, the album had legs, it definitely put them on a lot of people's radars. While I frequently enjoyed their Meshuggah-meets-Car B0mb inspired take on dissonant tech-death then, the group's new album, False Peace, hits so much harder and expands their style and songwriting acumen wider to degrees I couldn't have even foreseen.
Whether it's fair or not, sonic comparisons to Pyrrhon do feel valid as well as often a bit too present throughout False Peace when it comes to how to assess this album. If that seems harsh, it's important to denote this is not only a year where Pyrrhon has a new release out that's fantastic, but, that that comparison is warranted because of how amorphous and hard-to-pin-down in similar terrain Aseitas is almost all of the time here. In reality, this is a huge compliment, and, I'd wager the band's insane growth between their initial album and this new second album is so vast that eventually, they'll clearly keep sorting their own path on and on.
The funny thing is, they've definitely already charted their own course on what Pyrrhon pioneered, cementing every wide-ranging bit of sonic diversity with a thick buttressing of their massive and discordant grooves in a way that is definitely all their own. The best I can do is state it as I hear it, and, even if they still sometimes feel in the shadow of a certain group, that's a group that themselves are ever eager to destroy the ceiling and all sonic boundaries themselves anyways.
In the off chance you haven't heard Aseitas – False Peace yet, you owe it to yourself to check this album out. My opinion is especially meaningless when it comes to groups like this that really defy all norms in a multitude of ways. My criticisms can be valid while still not meaning a goddamn thing, the band is owed that much for sure to double up on redundancy here. If you like False Peace, you should order it through Bandcamp. You can follow the group over on the Aseitas Facebook Page.