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Asphyxian

Newton Falls, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2018 | INDIE

Newton Falls, Ohio, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2018
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25
Asphyxian @ Lion's Lair

Denver, Colorado, USA

Denver, Colorado, USA

Jul
23
Asphyxian @ Burt's Tiki Lounge

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Jul
18
Asphyxian @ The Rogue Bar

Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

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Asphyxian, a psychedelic/experimental rock outfit based out of Newton Falls, has some big plans for 2013 – and with the end of the year just around the corner, there’s no better time for a band to prep a fresh game plan.

Originally founded as a solo project of Asphyxian founder/frontman Will Skok, the Northeast Ohio band has undergone its share of changes since 2007 when Skok was writing and recording all material himself.

Evolving from a solo project to a shape-shifting four piece, the group now features Skok on vox, Aryck Adams on guitar, Par de la Grange on percussion and Mark Rich on the Keys. Other artists, like Cellist Sam Kristoff, offer their talents when applicable.

While the lineup speaks for itself, so does the music, which can be described as a trippy, Doors-inspired, sludge-meets-folk rock. Asphyxian’s sound has undergone its lion’s share of tinkering as the band rolls in varying directions throughout its timeline. “The Price of Redemption,” which Skok describes as a “dark, westerny sort of concept record,” and “And I Will Be, Until the Day I Die” were both recorded by the frontman himself. The lineup formed after Skok sought a group that would bring his project to the stage.

Skok offered his own explanation on how the do-it-yourself band’s sound has evolved through the years.

“The music is definitely, always evolving. Nothing sounds the same as the last thing, and for a lot of listeners, that can sometimes be a turn off. The first few records that were put out were just me. And I’ve never been a ‘tight’ musician, so when you listen to it, sometimes it has this drunken timing or something going on. Some people love it, others not so much,” Skok explained. “When [former members] Jeff, Brandon, Sam and Jesse signed on, the sound became a bit more solid. We had a bunch of guys who all have major strong points – bringing to the table things I just couldn’t do. We had a primo cellist, too, and that blew a lot of people away. There were some creative hurdles we had to overcome, but the last year, with the lineup, I think we shattered them. We got more into the art of music as opposed to the science of it. Out of that, we created ‘Sinners,’ which was actually just one big improv jam session. There were’nt any rehearsals or anything – we just set up mics and got to works. None of us had any idea what we were trying to create, and in the end, it was beautiful.”

“Aryck, Mark, an Pat, are all very theory oriented, so there is definitely a bit more science in the mix,” Skok added. “Previously, we had been doing a lot of your basic rock major/ minor chorded stuff — bar chords — and now we’ve sort of shifted into using a wider variety — augmented seven chords, and jazz or samba rhythm – just places where the music previously was unable to go. So the music is always changing. Whether it’s improving or not I suppose depends on the listener.”
“Sinners” was just released this fall. Going into 2013, the band has its ghoulish sights set on a new album and dubbed “The Beauty in Pestilence,” which Skok describes as more “rock ‘n’ roll-esque” than past records.

“We love the slow, creepy stuff,” said Skok, referencing the sound of past albums, “only supercharged.”

While the new album is in the works, Asphyxian is reinvigorating its tour schedule. The band just played its first show in six months last week at Akron Musica.

“It was kind of a relief to get back on stage again and more so to see the crowd waiting for us to play,” Skok said. “Whenever there is any sort of major break, or lineup replacement, in the back of my mind I’m always wondering if we’re going to make it back up there. After the ball stops rolling, so to say, it’s always hard to get it going again.”

Skok said the impending tour is bringing out the mechanics in the band.

“We’ll be embarking on our first DIY west-coast tour in mid-July, so we’re all pretending to be mechanics so we can fix up this old motor home,” he said. “Being stuck in the middle of a desert sounds like a bummer.”

Be sure to catch Asphyxian’s few shows around Northeast Ohio and show your support as they prepare to embark on what’s sure to be a busy year! Besides their homepage, you can also follow the band’s growing list of tour dates via ReverbNation.

You can also catch Asphyxian Jan. 25 at The Outpost in Kent and Feb. 1 at Buzzbin in Canton. And check out this vid, courtesy of the band, of their new song “Heart Like a Handgun” recorded at last week’s show in Akron! - Nasty fancy


According to their bio, Asphyxian formed in 1877 when the members sold their souls to a Louisiana swamp witch. Of course, as everyone knows when dealing with swamp witches, this doomed them to only sing songs about heartache, betrayal and death. The crazy origin story highlights one of the band’s greatest hallmarks.

In addition to offering up some eerie metal tinged swamp rock, Asphyxian excels at weaving gothic tales with their music. The band sounds like it could have originated in the Appalachian Mountains just as easily as it could have come out of the swamp. That fact that the band is actually based out of Ohio is something I frankly find baffling.

The recording on The Price of Redemption is a little rough, but it only adds to the hillbilly flair of the band. Songs often start off slow and gradually build to a chaotic climax before cooling off or dissolving into madness. The band channels Clutch and early era, psycho-country Beck, combining angry banjo picking and layered lap-steel melodies peppered generously with dissonance and minor key changes. The drums even emulate the hoof beat of a horse, giving a galloping rhythm to many of the songs.

Tracks like “Glory Glory” adopt a dirge-like quality and “Shallow Grave” aims for an Ennio Morricone style western feel. But the latter’s drunken vocal delivery is a little too sloppy and the song begins to deteriorate due to a lack of any sense of direction. It’s clear to see where the song was attempting to go, but it becomes the victim sloppy editing and production values. “Shallow Grave” is the weakest track of the album, but thankfully it’s the only weak track.

Despite the occasional misfire Asphyxian has all of the makings of a great band and The Price of Redemption is a great album. With the help of a little more polish and money in the studio this album may have been incredible. As-is, it’s still an album that warrants your attention.

Check him out (and their creepy ass music video) at www.asphyxian.com - Review by David Feltman


According to their bio, Asphyxian formed in 1877 when the members sold their souls to a Louisiana swamp witch. Of course, as everyone knows when dealing with swamp witches, this doomed them to only sing songs about heartache, betrayal and death. The crazy origin story highlights one of the band’s greatest hallmarks.

In addition to offering up some eerie metal tinged swamp rock, Asphyxian excels at weaving gothic tales with their music. The band sounds like it could have originated in the Appalachian Mountains just as easily as it could have come out of the swamp. That fact that the band is actually based out of Ohio is something I frankly find baffling.

The recording on The Price of Redemption is a little rough, but it only adds to the hillbilly flair of the band. Songs often start off slow and gradually build to a chaotic climax before cooling off or dissolving into madness. The band channels Clutch and early era, psycho-country Beck, combining angry banjo picking and layered lap-steel melodies peppered generously with dissonance and minor key changes. The drums even emulate the hoof beat of a horse, giving a galloping rhythm to many of the songs.

Tracks like “Glory Glory” adopt a dirge-like quality and “Shallow Grave” aims for an Ennio Morricone style western feel. But the latter’s drunken vocal delivery is a little too sloppy and the song begins to deteriorate due to a lack of any sense of direction. It’s clear to see where the song was attempting to go, but it becomes the victim sloppy editing and production values. “Shallow Grave” is the weakest track of the album, but thankfully it’s the only weak track.

Despite the occasional misfire Asphyxian has all of the makings of a great band and The Price of Redemption is a great album. With the help of a little more polish and money in the studio this album may have been incredible. As-is, it’s still an album that warrants your attention.

Check him out (and their creepy ass music video) at www.asphyxian.com - Review by David Feltman


SavvyMuzik are excited to announce the signing of Ohio based indie/alternative/etc group ‘Asphyxian’ to a worldwide distribution deal. Asphyxians music is extremely hard to describe, and even harder to place into a genre, however this is the sheer charm about them. The instrumentation is primarily based around acoustic guitars and vocals but also ventures into string sections, banjo, trumpet, lap steel, organ, sitar, various percussion, etc. The versatile talent of artists Will Skok, Brandon Boles, Jesse Jones, Adam Coss, Michael Smith and Kevin Elliott is nothing short of astounding.



The songs are often eerie, creepy and somewhat disturbing which also plays into their image and album artwork, which features images of lynching, tumours and guns. SavvyMuzik will be releasing their previously unreleased EP “And I Will Be Until The Day I Die” through all good digital retailers. As one fan puts it, Asphyxian’s music is like a “transcend downward to a more bluesy depression”. and I cannot think of a better way to describe it.



There aren’t enough words you can use to describe a band like this, all I can say is you MUST check out their music. You can listen to them at: www.asphyxian.com and keep an eye out for their EP “And I Will Be Until The Day Idea” on iTunes and plenty of other online stores NOW. - Thursday, 03 June 2010 06:31 Written by Administrator


SavvyMuzik are excited to announce the signing of Ohio based indie/alternative/etc group ‘Asphyxian’ to a worldwide distribution deal. Asphyxians music is extremely hard to describe, and even harder to place into a genre, however this is the sheer charm about them. The instrumentation is primarily based around acoustic guitars and vocals but also ventures into string sections, banjo, trumpet, lap steel, organ, sitar, various percussion, etc. The versatile talent of artists Will Skok, Brandon Boles, Jesse Jones, Adam Coss, Michael Smith and Kevin Elliott is nothing short of astounding.



The songs are often eerie, creepy and somewhat disturbing which also plays into their image and album artwork, which features images of lynching, tumours and guns. SavvyMuzik will be releasing their previously unreleased EP “And I Will Be Until The Day I Die” through all good digital retailers. As one fan puts it, Asphyxian’s music is like a “transcend downward to a more bluesy depression”. and I cannot think of a better way to describe it.



There aren’t enough words you can use to describe a band like this, all I can say is you MUST check out their music. You can listen to them at: www.asphyxian.com and keep an eye out for their EP “And I Will Be Until The Day Idea” on iTunes and plenty of other online stores NOW. - Thursday, 03 June 2010 06:31 Written by Administrator


This is going to be a classic.
The music fits right in with the lyrics.
I'm seeing a an heir to rob zombies throne.
Music is going through a change, not all changes are good, but at the end of
every tunnel is the light, this is the light right here.
The guitars are amazing, the vocals are terrific, the music over all is just
excellent. I believe I have a new favor group. - February, 23 2011 Tim Ferraro The price of redemption review


Discography

"Homage to the End times" Ep Released Digitally by Record union 1/14/2010 Online only

"The Price of Redemption" Full length Released Digitally by record union 1/29/2011
Re-released by savvy muzik

"And i will be, until the day i die" Short print Ep Self released
3/1/11
Digitally released by Savvy muzik

"The Various Complications of sleeping with a corpse"
Digitally Released by Asphyxian 10-1-11
Physically released by Asphyxian 9-15-11

"Sinners"
Digitally Released 10-31-12
Physically Released !0-31-12

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Bio

Asphyxian began in the early spring of 2008. William Skok of the band Karate Bullfighter began working on a creative barebones stoner project aiming to catch the vibe of the gritty old western films by Clint Eastwood in an audio format. This ultra lo-fi record “The Price of Redemption” was recorded and produced in his Ohio basement throughout the spring. While the record has its high points most notably Ruiner & The Ceeder Saloon, with the help of Joe Kidd on the drums. The album remained little more than a cult favorite among fans. The following two years produced the E.P. “And I will be, until I die” and the full length record “The Various Complications Of Sleeping With A Corpse” Leading up to full Length album William put together a full band. There was a brief stint of interchangeable members until a final lineup had been established. Including members Brandon Boles, Jeff Cottrell, Jesse Jones, Brian Jones, & Sam Kristoff, along with William. The album which was partially created before the live group had been established; was then finished in two overnight sessions to rewrite and record each song with the collective group. The future direction of the band had been laid in stone with the albums final dark hurrah, “The Misadventures Of StinkBadguy” The band signed with a small time record company out of Australia, who re-released the previous 3 albums. Thentoured shortly for the album regionally, with notable shows in Brooklyn Ny, Akron Oh, & Memphis TN. Back in the studio they spent 8 months on their final project as a group; “Sinners”. Sinners began as a basic concept album about Jack The Ripper, that turned into a dark cannabis fueled rabbit hole of abstract music writing. Sinners, being a one track psychedelic symphonic journey through the mind of Jack the Ripper boasted well over 100 audio tracks. The original session which was intended to be a whole, had to be separated, as the computers could no longer run the sessions massive automation. Shortly before the completion of the album, after a short stint in New York, Jeff left the band, due to personal responsibilities. This was a catalyst that led to a complete reformation. September 2012 saw a drastic change to Asphyxian who’s lineup was now William Skok, Patrick Delagrange, Aryck Adams, Mark Rich, & shortly after, Jesse Willen. Together they wrote and recorded “The Beauty in Pestilence” save one track. “Cold Fingers”, which was recorded at the same time as sinners. The album was recorded in 3 months, by both William Skok & Eric Vaught, but not immediately released.A second album featuring only William & Mark, tentatively titled Desolate was recorded during this period, but was been shelved.

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