|Review: Vile Cynic - Agony|
Year released: 2020
Review online: May 26, 2021
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)
Vile Cynic hail from my neck of the woods in the central part of the United States, just a bit to the east of Iowa in Chicago. I know Chicago has a pretty good metal scene going with bands like Novembers Doom, Trouble, Malas and Usurper to name but a few. Well, you can add Vile Cynic to this list along with their brand of Thrash-fueled Death Metal.
The Good—Unfortunately, this is only a four-song EP but if these four songs are any sign of what to expect from this band in the future, the future looks awfully bright. Razor-sharp and aggressive riffs are the order of the day and man do they deliver. A lot of times in Death Metal the riffs aren't always all that memorable, even when well done. That is not a problem here. Very memorable and lots of variation in tempo that will make this excellent in a live setting. We got some great circle pit music here that will instantly get a good pit started. The lead guitar work is also worthy of note with some really well-done solos reminiscent of Dissection. I would be shocked to find out that this band's influences didn't include Dissection, which is never a bad thing. This could be my imagination, but it seems there was some thought put into the order of the songs on this EP. The songs start very well, but it gets better and better as it goes along. With only four songs, it could easily just be my personal perception. I will admit though I wish more bands put thought into this as it really makes a difference.
The Bad—Not a lot to say here other than the bass drum sounds a little lost in the mix. It just comes off sounding muted when compared to the overall power of the rest of the kit.
Overall, a band well worth checking out on Spotify or YouTube and one that I will look forward to a full-length release from as well as, (hopefully) sooner rather than later, seeing in a live setting.
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