|Review: Wombbath - Agma|
Label: Transcending Obscurity Records
Year released: 2021
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: November 21, 2021
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)
This is actually a band that goes way back to the glory days of the '90s Swedish scene, where they were active from 1990 to 1995 and then broke up as the scene imploded. In 2014 original guitarist Hakan Stuvemark recruited new members and got the band going again, and they have produced five full-length albums in the past seven years. This one is their sixth overall album, and at 72 minutes it is quite a monster.
This is definitely of a piece with the old Swedish sound, but it's not actually trying to be retro. The guitar sound is Swedish without ripping off Entombed, and this has a more riff-oriented songwriting approach. I do wish the guitar sound was a bit more in-your-face, but I have to admit these songs are more memorable than a lot of similar bands manage. The vocals are actually intelligible, though they are mixed a touch loud for my taste. I don't know. There's not any one thing this band is great at, but I keep digging on this album.
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