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Spartan Records – Assertion – Intermission

As the dust settled on an impressive list of former endeavors, it was an unlikely series of human connections that sparked the inception of Assertion. After years of self-described music industry PTSD and disenchantment, drummer William Goldsmith (Sunny Day Real Estate, The Fire Theft, Foo Fighters), guitarist/vocalist Justin Tamminga (Blind Guides, Dying Trades), bassist Bryan Gorder united through a series of serendipitous events.  Best described adjectively, the band’s debut LP, Intermission, is real, propulsive, and earnest — a cathartic experience that proudly does not nestle nicely alongside current bands — or really many releases at all from the last couple decades.  Intermission  conjures more connections to the heady grit and soaring grind of the 90’s.  Driving guitars anchored by a frenetic rhythm section.  A haunting vocal delivery concealing a heartfelt sentiment.  Track-by-track, the record builds into a dark and heavy crescendo but unpredictably retreats into delicate and fragile moments in masterful ways.


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