REVIEW: Saint Asonia – ‘Introvert’

By Greg Maki

I’m not sure if it’s criticism or praise to say that “Introvert,” the new seven-song EP from Saint Asonia, sounds exactly how one would expect it to sound. Probably a little of both.

The band, of course, is based on the musical partnership of ex-Three Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier and Staind guitarist Mike Mushok (and is now completed by bassist Cale Gontier and drummer Cody Watkins, both of whom are also in Art of Dying). So just as we did on the first two Saint Asonia albums, we get a collection of punchy, radio-ready hard rock tunes highlighted by Adam Gontier’s distinctive croon and Mushok’s energetic riffs and occasional solo. For a little bit of variety, Johnny Stevens of Highly Suspect pops in for a guest vocal on “Chew Me Up,” his deep, bluesy tones offering a nice contrast to Gontier’s raspier stylings.

While they haven’t mastered the formula as well as they did in their other bands, “Introvert” is a perfectly acceptable way to spend about 25 minutes if you are in any way interested in what these guys have done throughout their careers.

Rating: 7/10

Spinefarm Records – July 1, 2022

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