Ash is a Robot have been together since 2012 and have been experiencing huge success in their home town of Setúbal, Portugal. The problem is, they don’t have as much recognition outside their country and these guys fucking well deserve it.
After listening to this album I heard aspects of jazz fusion that led into elements of Primus , System of a Down, and even Mr. Bungle! Never a dull moment. Based on my comparisons, I hope I piqued your interest in checking this album out.
The record begins with “Something Something Darkside” that carries us into a little rock ballad that would give you the impression that this is a softer rock, alternative album. Some quirky guitar riffs kicked in as well, coupled with some screams sung by vocalist Cláudio Anibal. I especially loved hearing the brass towards the end of this track. Nice touch.
“Karma Never Sleeps” is the second track bringing a softer, more melodic sound where as “Cellar Door” has a more funky/groovy/jazzy technique which somehow works with the scream-y vocals. “Moravia” begins with some dark distortional samples that punch us with a post-core form and it varies all throughout with some minor breakdowns. Towards the end, these samples come back along with the vocals. Totally got my head bangin. “Philophobia Part I” and “Philophobia Part II” tell a story of someone losing their mind. I particularly loved singing along to the chorus “Take controlllll….” which mesmerized me at how beautifully clean the vocals became. This along with the abrasive guitar riffs and emotionally drawn vocals just sucked me in. I am an official fan.
Overall, the self-titledalbum from Ash is a Robot is a very diverse experience, its sound spanning acrossdifferent genres, and it is so technically well put together. Be prepared to be taken on a radical ride.
Written by Liz Imperiale