It’s a shame there is not much known about this now defunct Oakland outfit and in talking to many people, even funeral doom fans, it seems not too many have ever heard of Asunder. The band formed in 1998, put out two albums and a couple of splits and then much to my chagrin, called it quits sometime in 2009. Asunder plays a very slow, crushing and depressive brand of funeral doom with the added depth of a cello clearly drawing on the influence of the likes of Worship and Warning. Many of Asunder’s members have gone on to take part in other musical projects, most notably perhaps Dino Sommese who played with Wolves in the Throne Room for a brief time.
Album of the day, A Clarion Call, the band’s first full-length and the first bit of their material I heard. From the beginning of the first track Twilight Amanthine, which I will share with you today, I was blown away. The cello, the vocals, the composition, all brilliantly executed to create a robust and punishing album that can make one feel as though their soul is being squeezed. In their lifespan as a band, Asunder soared above the myriad doom bands playing stoney riffs to a higher level of musicianship and delivery all the while paving a trail not many would be daring enough to follow.
Enjoy the track Twilight Amanthine from their album A Clarion Call available on Profound Lore.