Stream Asomvel’s New Album ‘Knuckle Duster’ In Full

By on 7 October 2013


Harrogate’s heavy metal kings Asomvel release their new album ‘Knuckle Duster’ today, and you can listen to the whole thing right here!

Astonishingly, the fiery rampage of ASOMVEL’s metal-punk-rock’n’roll masterpiece ‘Knuckle Duster’ marks 20 years since these British bruisers first started jamming on a pig farm with a load of Special Brew. Formed in 1993 by guitarist Lenny Robinson and bassist/vocalist Jay-Jay Winter, Asomvel’s first drummer was ex-Cathedral/Acid Reign man Mark Wharton, but “about ten” more came and went before the band recorded their first demo in 2001. After 2007’s ‘Full Moon Dog’ 10″ the power trio managed to thrash out their raucous debut LP ‘Kamikaze’ in 2009 to much acclaim, Asomvel firmly establishing themselves as underdog cult heroes of the UK heavy metal underground. Barely a year later, however, the band was shaken to its core when Jay-Jay Winter was killed in a road accident.

Although a devastating tragedy, Lenny knew that the band had to continue in tribute to the determined spirit of their founding frontman, stating that:

“Asomvel could’ve died with him, but I was never gonna let that happen. I had to stop the band until I could find somebody like Jay-Jay, cos he’s still a part of this band, he never left. Whoever is in this band needs to know they have to do it the way he wanted it doing. Conan came along and he was perfect, plus he always admired Jay-Jay’s attitude.”

With ex-Deathwing bassist/vocalist Conan onboard, Asomvel headlined their own inaugural Full Moon Dog Festival in Bradford in 2011 in honour of their fallen comrade, and have shared the stage with the likes of Carcass, Anvil and Orange Goblin. The festival boasts a stellar lineup this year, including Pagan Altar, Amulet, Iron Void, The Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell and many more, and is due to take place in Leeds on October 12th. Tickets are available here for a bargain £15!

‘Knuckle Duster’ is perhaps the band’s most vital and complete release to date, with Lenny summing up thusly:

“We wrote all the stuff really quick, off the cuff. All the songs came together very easy, we didn’t have to force anything. I would say it took no longer than 10 minutes a piece to get the basic songs. We didn’t try to jazz ’em up, we purposely kept them very basic, cos we like simplicity and we like it in the groove. The album is really an answer to the scumbags who try to fuck your life up for no good reason. We were angry when we wrote ‘Knuckle Duster’, we’ve always been angry and it’s a better album for it. All in all, I think it’s a very positive album, with songs to live your life by.”

We couldn’t agree more! You can listen to ‘Knuckle Duster’ in full below…

‘Knuckle Duster’ is released today via Bad Omen Records, and is available to order here.

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