|Review: Agnostic - Morbid Embracement|
Year released: 2012
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: April 16, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 2.33/5 (46.67%) (3 Votes)
Agnostic are a pretty cool Indian death metal band and proudly show they mean business on their debut release. At first I was a little unsure, some of the bands I've heard from India were pretty poor and it's good to see the band putting forth an album of the quality we've come to expect from the Western death metal scene.
The production is well handled here, especially considering this is a self-released affair. Whilst maybe lacking in character, everything sounds good and is clearly audible. At under half an hour the album is certainly a quick one which is really perfect for the sound the band have. Their song writing is good, if one-sided and with the exception of a throwaway final track that serves as some sort of bizarre ballad or outro this is all stolid mid to moderately fast-paced death metal.
The band utilize quite a bit in the way of grooves and almost break-downs which could put off some listeners, although for the most part this listens like a reigned-in Cannibal Corpse. A lot of the riffs have that sort of "Hammer Smashed Face" feel, you know that mid-paced riff around the middle? This is cool enough, and the band certainly offers some cool riffs of their own thinking, however I would like to see the band branch out a little more with their style next time. Overall this is a solid if unspectacular release, I think fans of death metal will enjoy this but it probably won't be anything you listen to more than a couple of times.
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