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Review: Asperity - The Final Demand
The Final Demand

Label: Arise Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 46:00
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: September 6, 2009
Reviewed by: PowerMetal59
Readers Rating
The Final Demand

Rated 3.17/5 (63.33%) (12 Votes)

Asperity was the 2003 side project of Carnal Forge band mates Stefan Westerberg and Petri Kuusisto. They were joined shortly thereafter by Johan Jahlonen, who spent time alongside Westerberg in their Steel Attack days and vocalist/bassist Peter Kronberg. With this in mind one might expect to get bombarded by a blinding, mind numbing death-laden Thrash Metal assault. Imagine the surprise when instead you get peppered with a heavy dose of Swedish melodic metal, which features catchy melodic songs that contain addictive sing along choruses, crystal clear and clean high pitched vocals and skillful hook-laden riffs, in the spirit of such modern day contemporaries as Nocturnal Rites, Tad Morose or Lion's Share.

Powerful opener "Will They Come" sprints out of the gate with its high octane catchy chorus and heavy riff assault. "Pleasure And Pain" pretty much mirrors the opening track. "The Pray" slows the pace, yet is successful due to the Kronberg's excellent vocal work and the equally steady manner in which Jahlonen and Kuusisto handle the guitar duties, "Soul Collector" begins with powerful drumming and heavy riffage before slowing down when the vocals kick in, then steadily, but eventually picking up a full head of steam once again.

In terms of complaints, Asperity is guilty of the most common flaw in Heavy Metal today, repetition. That aside, The Final Demand is still a damn fine album and the best advice I can pass on to potential listeners, especially after several repeat listening sessions, is to crank up the volume button. This will enable the true power and majesty of the songs to spring to life. If you are a connoisseur of powerful melodic metal with a hard rock flair don't let this obscure little gem slip through your fingers.

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