Asofy – Nessun Luogo (2017)

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Pushing the boundaries of sanity, today we have Italina duo Asofy and their latest release “Nessun Luogo”. As one of the most soothing and unique releases of 2017, this album creates brilliant songs filled with tension and mystery that will send chills down your spine. Featuring over 60 minutes of music, this album will creep on you with its bleak soundscape and minimalist approach.

The album kicks off with the cavernous riffs of “Lontano da me”, a very mysterious piece that slowly builds up into a very powerful and disturbing opening statement. As the album evolves with tracks like “Nemeton”, “Infine”, and the heavier “Fosca”, we continue to enjoy the band’s very deconstructive vision of both Black and Doom Metal. You can piece out some distinctive genre-specific riffs placed in unique contexts, allowing Asofy to really break boundaries and deliver a very unique release.

Our favorite track in this release has to be the multi-faceted “Figure Scure”. Clocking in at 10 minutes this piece fully captures the essence of this unique release and delivers fuzzy bass guitar lines perfectly intertwined with minimalistic riffs, complex percussions, and chilling vocal arrangements. The album’s tense progression continues with “Orizzonte” and the Post-Rock-ish “Memoria”, two songs that nicely keep the flow going.

Closing with the 11-minute album title track, the band’s mastermind Tryfar (all instruments) delivers another brilliantly constructed piece that is quite piercing and yet dissonant and mysterious. This is by far one of the most ‘aggressive’ pieces in this album, and Empio’s vocals greatly enhance the experience.

Band: Asofy Album: Nessun Luogo

Label: Avantgarde Music

Release: February 22nd, 2017

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Genre: Experimental Black/Doom Metal

Country: Italy

Rating: 90/100
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