|Review: Agincourt - Angels of Mons|
|Angels of Mons|
Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: September 19, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Angels of Mons
Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (3 Votes)
Britain's Agincourt took a somewhat circuitous route between the time they formed, in 1991, until the release of their debut, Angels of Mons, in 2011. They formed right when grunge was taking off and saw their opportunities for playing live, not to mention record albums, dry up in a flash. They broke up, members played in other bands and recently reformed. What comes around goes around, as the saying goes, and the time seems ripe for Agincourt to be heard.
Agincourt is heavily influenced by the NWOBHM, particularly bands like Tokyo Blade, Praying Mantis and Samson. They have the twin guitar sound down pat with Paul Anderson and Richard E. Toy trading melodic riffs and old school leads. Toy also handles the vocals, which are clean and somewhat laid back. His voice won't beat you over the head but just flows along with the music. The songs on Angels of Mons have an authentically early 80s sound with equally appropriate lyrics. There isn't a bad song in the bunch, but no standouts either, which is my biggest beef with Angels of Mons. I would gladly have suffered through a couple of clunkers in exchange for a truly majestic chorus or a downright killer riff or two.
Fans of the NWOBHM will hardly be disappointed with Angels of Mons but it won't erase the memory of those early gems, either. Solid Heavy Metal/Hard Rock from Agincourt.
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