ASG are an interesting band. On their 2013 album Blood Drive ASG create one of the catchiest rock albums I've heard in recent years. This is mainly because these Native Carolinian's (their a local band for me I might add) have some tricks up their sleeves. The main one being their vocalist Jason Shi who's unique croon adds a nice dynamic to these songs. And the fact that he can go from softly crooning to a blood curdling scream (Castlestorm) just adds to his excelent performance. Another trick is underneath all of these songs is actual talent and overall amazing instrumentation which has more to owe with stoner and sludge metal than anything else. Most of all though these guys just know how to write fun songs, nothing more...nothing less. Best Songs: Castlestorm, Blues for Bama, and The Ladder.
Let's not just skip over Blood Drive as another record. It is far more then just another record, it is a great record. ASG has created a record for the ages. This is a classic, 5 stars all day. In a world of Lady Ga Ga and assorted crap ASG shows us that real American rock n roll is alive and well. It is a little psychedelic, and a little stoner maybe, but still rock n roll. Album of the year easily, and I think I will be saying the same thing at the end of 2013, this is a GREAT record. In a world of Rick Rubin barf fest, we have something to be proud of. ASG Blood Drive indeed, this one gets in your blood.