Conservative Christianity and post-hardcore scree may seem like the most disparate of extremes, but the post-metal sextet Asperity has that juxtaposition beat. Asperity is tight and professional, and 5/6ths of its members are only juniors in high school. With an average age of 17, the Peoria-based "nü Christian" pummelcore band (think: Underoath) stomps through four songs of lacerating riffage and throat-tearing screams on its new EP, Writing the Pages. The message of the band is positive, although you'll need a "squeal lexicon" to debug the scream code embedded in the barbed vocals. Formally christened last January, Asperity started off like every other high school band rehearsing, playing shows, and posting some demos on MySpace. But the band wasn't prepared for the response it got, getting upward of 16,000 hits a day on its MySpace page. "We have no idea where all the people came from," singer/screecher Daniel Beauvais says. "It's tapered off a bit, but people are starting to hit it again to check out the new stuff." Tapered off a bit. Uh, yeah, to around 3,000 listens a day, which is still impressive for a brand-new band full of guys who're barely old enough to buy tickets to R-rated movies.
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