Milwaukee spit an ultra heavy steamroller out of the doom metal underground named ASATTA, who have recorded a mesmerizing debut full-length consisting of six tracks that are exactly doing what the album's title promises: "Spiraling Into Oblivion" – serves a bone crushing wall of sound, haunting melodies and unique engaging clean vocals for those loving the vibrato of the great and faded The Wounded Kings as well as hatefilled grunts. This gem of Doom Metal will be served via Burn Out Planet Records on September 2nd, 2016. (SM)
Formed in late 2011 by drummer Neil Pech and joined shortly after by guitarist Jay Denzer, vocalist Sean Anderson and bassist Joe Arenas, Milwaukee’s Asatta are arguably one of doom metal’s best-kept secrets.
With two EPs currently to their name - 2013’s self-titled Asatta EP and last year’s excellent "Songs For A Blood Moon" - 2016 promises to bring about big things for the underground quintet.
Eschewing any temptation to simply rehash old material, Asatta instead chose to enter Howl Street Recording Studio in July 2015 with producer Shane Hochstetler to lay down a fresh batch of new tracks for their debut album Spiraling Into Oblivion. A devastatingly heavy collection of doom/stoner rock mantras, the final set was initially carved into completion via an extensive two-year period of road testing, playing live on countless bills with the likes of Spirit Caravan, Windhand, The Skull and Ufomammut.
Out of the mind-bending riffs and extended jam sessions, the band also drafted in newest member Kara Phillips to explore previously untapped dimensions in their apocalyptic sound. Using keys and synths to color the band’s desolate din in swathes of cosmic noise - best captured on standout tracks ‘She Died Long Ago’ and ‘Breath Of Kali’ - for those currently holding court in Doom’s busy kingdom, make no mistake that Asatta are out to challenge the throne.