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Review: Augury - Concealed

Label: Sonic Unyon Metal
Year released: 2011
Originally released in: 2004
Duration: 47:18
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: February 8, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (14 Votes)

This is a reissue of this Canadian band's debut album from six or seven years ago. Augury have hit the big time with a Nuclear Blast contract and strong reviews, and so I suppose there is demand for this. When I hear "progressive" uttered in the same sentence as "Death Metal" my eyes start rolling, but there are some good bands in this genre, so I'll always give a listen. This is a lot less tight and dense than stuff like Decrepit Birth or Origin, though it is plenty dense, it just has a looser feel that comes off more as richness than simply being overloaded. There is a minimum of jazz influence here, which is good, and the melodies are sometimes quite beautiful. Augury never neglect the heaviness though, and this is a brutal, in-your-face album with a lot of aggression wrapped around the sometimes delicate lead work.

If there is one thing I wish this band did not do, it's their gimmick of sometimes having a soprano double up with the growling vocals. It's meant to add an otherworldy feel and leaven the heaviness, but it doesn't really fit and is just distracting. Fortunately they don't do it to excess, so don't let the first track fool you. They also bring in some clean-ish vocals here and there that I just don't like but again, not too much. Overall this is a dense and layered album that rewards repeated listens. A feast for Tech Death fans and a reissue that is actually warranted.

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