Asher Vast is the main composer, vocalist and Producer behind Endless Sunder. Asher is also a great collaborator in the Seattle music scene. On guitar, is the talented Corey Wittenborn (also of Murder Weapons and Desillusion) and on keyboards/ synths is Kevin Preston from Monicom and 64K. Endless Sunder originated in 2007 in Olympia, Washington as an Electro-Industrial Rock project stemming from influences like Frontline Assembly, VNV Nation, Nine Inch Nails and 16 Volt. One of the many things I love about this band is they take very seriously the entire presence of the band. Although certainly not contrived, everything from their photos to videos to stage presence is intriguing, mysterious and from a marketing perspective…..packaged with perfection.
Asher was kind enough to let me preview Endless Sunder’s upcoming CD entitled “Descent”. There is also a much anticipated video expected to accompany the CD.
The CD starts out with the song “Atonement”, which is a heavy, grinding, fierce, industrial rock song and a great way to start out this CD. Next, is “Pendulum” which is an electro-rockin’ song, reminiscent of Marilyn Manson….only is actually danceable AND rocking with a catchy recurring motif. I especially like how Asher’s vocals seem to swirl around the listener. 3rd track is “Choking Game” which is another great grooving industrial rock tune with smashing guitars and noise! 4th track is “Pawn”. This song has a good groove and is dark and sensual. The vocals are absolutely amazing on this song. Asher’s vocals are whispery and present, all at the same time and Wes’s back up vocals are nothing short of fierce. The 5th track is “Mechanism” which is epically industrial-dance and yet…a hard-driving rock track. The percussion is especially infectious in this song and also quite memorable are the motif and chorus. The 6th track is “Estranged”. “Estranged” is another epic song with wonderful complexities and beautiful keyboard lines. I almost want to compare this song to Depeche Mode. Yes, you read that correctly and yes, this is a huge compliment from me. What an extraordinary song all around! The 7th track is “Shell”, which is a solid, straight-ahead industrial rock song. “Shell” boasts a rocking beat, guitars and roaring vocals. The 8th track is “Entrophy”, which is a kaleidoscope of industrial goodness. “Entrophy” would be a perfect soundtrack song. The 9th track is “Siren”, for which I especially enjoyed the guitar work. The last track is “Introvert”. What a beautiful final song. Once again, a lovely keyboard motif, intense…yet whispery vocals and plenty of mystery and intrigue that draws the listener in. This entire CD is well worth having in your collection. Keep posted on the release date, because you will not want to miss it.
released November 30, 2012
All songs written, Recorded
Mixed, Engineered and
performed by: Asher Vast
*(Except as noted)
Endless Sunder is an Electro Industrial Band from Seattle Wa. Asher Vast is the composer, Vocalist and main producer behind
the project. Although Asher had been producing electronic music since 2000 the project Endless Sunder originated in 2007 in Olympia Washington as an Electro Industrial Rock Project stemming from influences like Frontline Assembly, VNV Nation, Nine Inch Nails and 16 Volt...more