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Knuckle Duster

     
         
         
         
     
             
Asomvel are a heavy metal band from the UK formed in 1993 by (guitarist) Lenny Robinson and (bass/vocalist) Jay Jay Winter (died in a car crash in 2010). With new vocalist Conan, Asomvel release (new album) 'Knuckle Duster'.    
             
The album kicks off with 'Dead Set On Living', a storm of drums and heavy guitar riffs, with a very British, very traditional metal sound. 'Trash Talker' is a foot stomping, head banging romp while 'Sheep In Wolf's Clothing' and 'Cash Whore' both quicken the pace and rattle along at speed with some very good guitar work.    
             
Slowing the pace down to near doom metal speed is 'Waster', a heavy riff driven song that chugs relentlessly to a conclusion. 'Shoot Ya Down' is a classic traditional heavy metal song with title track 'Knuckle Duster' sounding raw and aggressive. 'Wrecking Ball' chugs by with an awesome guitar riff and the pace is upped as 'Final Hour' flies by in a flurry of guitar and drums.    
             
The quickest (and shortest) song on the album is 'Stranglehold' which has power and pace, as it hurtles by in just one minute forty eight seconds. Final song is 'Hangman's Rope', yet another example of everything that British heavy metal stands for.    
             
Overall, traditional British heavy metal at its bombastic best. Thunderous drums and bass, blistering guitar solos and powerful vocals, all guaranteed to keep your head banging.    
             
             
Review By Iron Mathew Collins    
             
Reviewed For Metal Temple    
             
             
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