January 7, 2012

The Agonist - Martyr Art

If you don't like Metal gut growls, I'd recommend staying away from today's post. Fair warning, as there's gonna be a lot of it for this one.

If you happen to like those growls, and also enjoy yourself the sounds of a female vocal over any kind of Hard Rock, then you probably already know about today's band, don't you?

Give them a listen.

Alright so I'm behind. Melodic Death Metal isn't really a priority to me. I'll listen, but it's not like I'm in love with these guys. In fact, I think the only reason I gave them a chance is because of the lead singer, despite the steady talents of that drummer and the more so appreciated guitarist.

Because of this I'm not a huge fan. I can enjoy this one, there's a really nice ending to it and the vocals win me over. They've got their talents and they're doing a fine job representing the Canadian Metal scene.

The album, considering it's a giant mess of riffs with screams and pterodactyl sounds, is oddly well balanced out.

Buy: CD | mp3

Lullabies for the Dormant Mind was the e-recommendation. It's their second album and there seems to be quite a few positive reviews for it (especially compared to their first album, which I'm very curious about). I had my hopes a little too high and maybe that's why I'm slightly disappointed. Maybe.

By no means is it a bad album, though. I just didn't get what most people made of it. If not for the beautiful belching broad, I'm not sure my attention would've been well caught. But even if I were blind, an A Capella take on Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake is enough to grab my attention.

And there's a few other songs that start bordering some Prog sounds, too. They're worth checking out, but definitely not for everyone. Give them a listen if today's song was of interest, but if it didn't spark anything, just leave it be and find something else.


  1. Now this is more like it. I thought it sounded a bit like Cradle of Filth only better. Arch Enemy are another metal band with a hot, screeching female vocalist but not as prog as this lot.

  2. I can be very open minded when it comes to anything metal. But I do not like this one. Too much going on at the same time and no melody line. I sound like my da here, I know.

  3. Metal gut growls? Ok, I'll step aside for now.

  4. Yeah I'll take my growls from the cat, I won't go deaf from that..haha

  5. I listen to stuff like this too, but not especially into it. Having said that, enjoyed the hell outta this!

  6. This sounds like good workout music to me! Plus, I like the cover art.

  7. I'm a big fan of these vocals, I always find it really interesting when extreme metal acts have female vocalists.

  8. I actually saw this band last month opening up for Epica. I never heard of them before but was quite impressed.

  9. WOW. That was a whole lot of sound going on...a little bit too much I think.


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