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DEAD ASYLUM formed in Vancouver, BC at the end of 2011, and features vocalist/guitarist Mike Lister, drummer Samantha Landa. Dead Asylum’s style combines elements of thrash and death with melodic and grooving overtones–and echoes band influences such as Kreator, Amon Amarth and Exodus. 

Dead Asylum has become known for its throat-gripping riffs and rhythms and its energetic, balls-to-the-walls live performance. Dead Asylum “is one of those bands that’s hit the ground running” (Abort Magazine). On top of tour dates around the US and Canada, they’ve shared the stage with thrashers Toxic Holocaust, Warbringer and Exmortus; Soulfly and Soilwork; Anvil; and festival dates with Suffocation, Beyond Creation, Bison BC and Holy Grail. 

Dead Asylum’s second album, ‘Death Always Wins’ (2017) was recorded and edited by Roger Mowat at Jam Factory Studios in Port Coquitlam, BC and mixed and mastered by Chris “Hollywood” Holmes (Korn). 

Heavy and melodic, the eight tracks on Dead Asylum’s debut album ‘General Carnage’ (2013) were produced by Nick Engwer and Brady D and mixed/mastered by Chris Holmes. 

Songs range from thrashy headbangers, to technical compositions, to chantable, heavy metal anthems. Lyrical themes include revolution, the apocalypse, and—as the band name alludes—twisted facets of the human psyche.

"DEAD ASYLUM'S Death Always Wins is definitely one of the best death metal albums I've heard this year." (9/10) 

- Metal Temple 

"If the incredibly brutal-yet-melodic-without-being-too-melodic music Of Dead Asylum is the soundtrack to our society, well, you can kiss your sorry ass goodbye, cause, in the end, Death Always Wins." (8.5/10) 

- BraveWords 

"Dead Asylum possess the aggression, musicianship, and songwriting dynamics necessary to make waves beyond local borders. For those who like a fiery cocktail of melodic death, brutal thrash, and spirited lead work, this is razor sharp to cut deeply." (8.5/10) 

- Dead Rhetoric 

"The music is just flat-out heavy. Death Always Wins is an excellent record." (9/10) 

- Amps and Green Screens 

"This is one thrash metal trip every metalhead is gonna wanna take." (4/5) 

- Bloodrock Media 

"Dead Asylum have a winner on their hands. Record companies, better take note." 

- Angry Metal Guy 

"A creative scourge relentlessly harassing body, senses, and imagination but rewarding each in return. A band to take real notice of." 

- The RingMaster Review 

"The four piece bring a blend of groove metal, death metal and thrash metal to the table and it is rather delicious sounding. Think Dark Angel meets the Gothenburg sound." 

- Ave Noctum 

"Load up a game of General Chaos with your best friend and blast this album (it deserves to be blasted) while you drink, party and have a good time." (8/10) 

- The Grim Tower 

"Ear Crushing , Mind Melting Heavy Metal is what Dead Asylum is all about." 

- Behind the Scenes 

"Great brutal and heavy groove." 

- Moshpit Radio