"Blood Drive" (Volcom; 2013)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

This is the fifth disc from ASG, who used to call themselves All Systems Go but had to change their name. Well, they didn't really change it, they just acronymed it. Anyway, ASG blend a lot of musical styles into this disc. They have a Southern rock sound, they also slow things down and toss in a stoner rock vibe on a few songs. No sound stays in one place too long. They also have a hard rock sound that they can cue up at any time. They have opened for a lot of hard rock bands and they are popular with the MTV crowd, in part due to CKY (another acronymed band) and the crowd that watched Viva La Bam with Bam Margera (so you see the connection now).

I'm a fan of CKY (Camp Kill Yourself) and ASG have a similar sound but it's different enough that you don't start to compare them. The guitars are grungy and brooding at times and there are a few solos on the hard rock songs. The vocals are good as well; sometimes there's screaming but its not guttural and it doesn't sound dated -- you know, back when a scream was just that, a scream.

This disc has twelve songs on it and its got a good flow. No track stands out but you can put this on for a good listening experience anytime.

ASG: Jason Shi, Andy Ellis, Scott Key and Jonah Citty.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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