Asva has fifty minutes of music split up amongst four tracks. This allows for the band to set their own pace in creating a very distinctive sound. For a while during â€œKill the Dog…â€, I was expecting a whole-scale move to a Misfits-like slam against the wall (think â€œForbidden Zoneâ€). The music is well-done, if not a little plodding, with a definite structure in place to continue to drag listeners along. Keep in mind, however that this is not music to fit on during a party but rather another disc to stick in a changer and slap a pair of headphones to. Still, the band does not seem to continually move down the field, as there are some sections during tracks like â€œKill the Dog…â€ where the band feels is if they are figuratively spinning their wheels (listen to the 7-9 minute mark for an example). The atmosphere is created at the onset of the track, but Asva, in Mortiis-like fashion, does not run with it beyond the occasional inclusion of a new sound here and there.
The good thing about â€œFuturists Against The Oceanâ€ is the fact that each of the tracks do take a different tack than the rest of the fare on the CD, even if there is a lot of on-track repetition. Thus, tracks like â€œKill the Dog…â€ and â€œZaum; Beyonsenseâ€ have little in common besides an insistence on the drone-rock that Asva is about. The more electronic sound of â€œZaumâ€ provides Asva more avenues of expression, and by and large the track shows that. More often than not, these avenues are actually taken and provide listeners with a new-found burst of energy, especially after the somewhat enervating â€œKill the Dogâ€. The shorter length of â€œZaumâ€ may also be another reason why the track feels so different; nearly three minutes separate it and the first track on â€œFuturists Against The Oceanâ€.
â€œFortuneâ€ has two distinct paths of noise for listeners to take; these two paths make the track into a â€œchoose your own adventureâ€ that propels the disc into the bombastic â€œBy the Well of Living and Seeingâ€, a true-rock epic if there ever was one. Asva has created a drone-rock disc that will not bore listeners to tears, and this means a bold new path for the genre. Couple in an impressive ear for arrangements and talent, and Asva succeeds where oh so many have failed.
Top Track: By the Well of Living and Seeing
Asva â€“ Futurists Against The Ocean / 2005 Web of Mimicry / 4 Tracks / http://www.webofmimicry.com / Reviewed 08 May 2005