Adolyne – ‘of Ash / of Shit / of Shame’ (2015) (No List Records)
For fans of Old Man Gloom, Today Is The Day, Rorshach, Neurosis, Converge, KEN mode
Release Date: June 26, 2015
Label: No List Records
PR Rep – Jon Asher – ashermedia(@)gmail.com
“The track (Brawler’s Fracture) is plenty oppressive and hurtles into a hurt-inducing display of quick-draw drum blasts, atonal noise-rock riffery and the frightening howls of Hamilton. Though never letting up in its intensity, the back half of the track slows down the pace considerably, opting for more snail-paced gloom and doom and distorted vocals.” – Exclaim
“of Ash / of Shit / of Shame is the total package when it comes to music that evokes anger just as much as it creates a claustrophobic atmosphere. Densely packed together math riffs and hoarse vocals, shared equally among all four members of the band, sit side by side with dark, almost Tim Burton-esque moments of strings and piano manipulation” – Metal Injection
“More than a band, it’s a primal scream, a rejection of comfort, and a point of convergence for all extremes and abysses” – Metal Oddities
“Adolyne has a new album out, it’s really fucking good if abrasion, self-loathing, discord and flirtations with the edge of out of control gets you hard/wet.” – Decibel Magazine
“Geezus. I have no idea how these guys keep getting more and more extreme. Expect plenty of bizarre breakdowns and a good thrashing that’s not unlike a beating with a burlap sack full of rabid cats.” – Ominocity.com
“The most obnoxious, misanthropic album I heard all year, this is the perfect soundtrack to your daily Two Minutes Hate” – Adrien Begrand, Pop Matters/Basement Galaxy
After a series of false-starts, unceremonious firings and infantile rows, Adolyne officially assembled about a dozen years ago as a means to keep warm through the endless prairie winter that they were either too dumb to abandon or stubborn to admit defeat to. Less a product of their surroundings than a direct reaction to artistic absences in their immediate vicinity, the band spent their initial years harnessing vulgar sonic philosophy and a reactionary base-level onslaught into one of the most incendiary live shows in Western Canada. Noise-rock petulance, post-hardcore abandon, and a spiraling metallic thrust collide violently in to an animal that is as much merciless volume worship as it is nightmarish existential crisis.
Adolyne incites an ugly musical knife fight between 90’s Noise mongers from the heavier end of the Amphetamine Reptile fold and the brooding sonic theorists of the Hydra Head Industries class, while assorted voices from the post-hardcore and math-rock crowds goad them on with unsavory and dangerous advice. For those who haven’t the time or stomach to be entirely educated on the background of this savage rumble though, journalist and filmmaker Craig Silliphant was best able to express what to expect from Adolyne in his review which warned “Adolyne is a cathartic, primal force that will tear down your soul and spit it in your face….. It’s usually a cliché to say something defies categorization, but I’ll take a punch in the face before I’ll offer a definitive description of the music that Adolyne makes. It’s best to just get the hell out of the way.