At first, As Is might just be the guys applying fresh paint to Everybody Wants Some - the reverberating, tribal drums summon up a wall of sludgy, ornery guitar squalls - but at the snap of a finger, they attack a Byzantine progression that hits peaks and valleys at vicious speeds.
It's striking to note how uptempo everything is. Throughout the whole of the album, Van Halen sprint out of the blocks and keep right on going. The only change-up here is at the three-quarter mark, when Eddie throws in a rough and ragged, drop-dead blues riff. But it's a momentary water gulp that dashes off madly, culminating in a demented E-Bow exploration into the outer limits.