GASR was formed by the duo Luis Brito (programming, keyboards) and Gary Suarez (vocals, lyrics, additional programming) in 1997 at Boston University. These two brought their love for EBM and Industrial music together to create something that would push the envelope and create a style of powerful music that people within these genres would still really want to listen to.
Since their paths crossed years before, they've managed to pull this project together, put out several demos and tracks that have appeared on a number of compilations, played several live shows along the east coast and topped it all off with the release of their debut album Survival of the Fittest in 2005 on Nilaihah Records. Many people will recognize this band from their numerous compilation appearances before the release of their album such as "Conspiracy".
While the goal of the band is to set out and create a unique style of EBM music that pushes the envelope. Curious fans can be rest-assured that this band doesn't step too far out of bounds and the music created is a dynamic and mostly dance-friendly synth-laiden EBM style music. Slightly distorted, harsh vocals that still remain melodic and understandable along with the occasionally distorted percussion are about the edgiest the music really gets. So everyone from electro-pop, synthpop, EBM and industrial fans can enjoy their music.
Visit the band's website for updated news and information along with various musical samples.
Survival of the Fittest - Review
After being familiar with this group for several years due to their compilation appearances, it was a pleasure to finally pick up their debut full-length album. It was nice to see that the compilation pieces also appear on this album and bring to the world eleven solid tracks.
Launching right into the theme of the album "Survivor" kicks it all off with a variety of dance-friendly beats, slight distortion and a number of electronics for a smooth and melodic approach. Most tracks follow this pattern of up-beat dance-friendly electronics and beats with few exceptions. The melodic nature of the slightly distorted vocals and electronics create a full and rich sound that creates a wide spectrum of listeners.
The rhythm pounds on through the fast-paced likes of "Creed", "Remember", the ever-popular track "Conspiracy" and so on. In fact it was a nice treat to have "Conspiracy" appear on this album as it fits so well with the overall theme and is probably the track that introduced most fans to this band making us wish they would release this album.
The lyrical content of the album follows the pattern of most recent electro-industrial bands with a vein of social issues and stories layered throughout. This remains true whether the message is pounded in with the vast and powerful beats or the subtle electronic loops. Even with the down-tempo beats of "Zero" which is an incredibly powerful and captivating track, the message is carried on, and finally with the finale of the album "No Empathy" it slowly fades and leaves the listener waiting and hoping for more. Luckily, this final track has a little bonus on the end, just one last little treat for fans to enjoy.
Overall this is a great album that fans can really enjoy. It's pretty much everything we could have expected without any real disappointments, but not exactly ground-breaking either as it still remains mostly in the mold of melodic EBM music.
Label: Nilaihah Records