Genre/Influences: Dark-electro, industrial-pop, EBM.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Asdean is a formation hailing from Belarus. Originally set up in 2010 as Asdeandare they in 2017 changed their name into Asdean. The official title of their debut album is “Время.Пространство.Жизнь”, which means “Time.Space.Life”. The work features nine songs and five remixes.
Content: One of the band’s specificities is that the songs are sung in their Mother tongue. The vocals are rough and often produced with harsh, distorted effects. Most of the songs are sung by the male singer, but you’ll also hear female backings. Sound-wise this work features a ‘harder’, dark-electro side driven by hopping rhythms and vaguely evoking the work of Amduscia. But there also is a more ‘melodic’ and pop-side resulting in a sort of industrial-pop sound.
Remixes have been done by Outpost 11, Larva, Synthetische Lebensform, Tom Zigota and Object 16.
+ + + : Asdean is an interesting discovery; the specificity of the language is a noticeable element, but I also like their dark-electronic approach, which is powerful, danceable and led by great melody lines. On the other side they also show an exciting pop-orientated sound, which is rough and a bit industrial-like. “Divine Engineering ” is a remarkable illustration of this approach. I personally prefer the harder side of the band and highly recommend songs as “Shadow Guardian” and “Imprisonment”. Among the remixes I heard some great contributions from Larva and the Russian formation Synthetische Lebensform.
– – – : I also noticed a very few cuts (cf. “My star” and “Discoverer”), which have something rock/metal minded and, which aren’t my favorites.
Conclusion: The debut work of Asdean features a few cool surprises, but I’ll especially recommend the darker electro parts.
Best songs: “Divine Engineering”, “Shadow Guardian”, “Imprisonment”, “Hibernation”, “Shadow Guardian – Sin Dios Mix by Larva”, “Imprisonment – Synthetische Lebensform Remix”.