Archive for the 'black metal' Category

14
Nov
07

All Metal Resource Finds New Home!

I have finally upgraded to our own domain and a higher level of bandwidth. I will be creating an RSS feed and the works for all who are interested in that. Please update your bookmarks to the following new and improved All Metal Resource:

http://www.allmetalresource.com

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06
Oct
07

Review: Abigor – Fractal Possession (2007)

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As a brand new listener to Abigor, I must give longtime fans of this genre advanced warning, I will not be treating their 2007 album Fractal Possession like their previous works because I simply haven’t been exposed to them. So with that said, let’s get to the review.

Abigor is one of those black metal bands who recognize themselves as artists first and foremost. They can take music and mold it to exactly how they are feeling or what they think will sound good at that time. Their 1996 album Opus IX is referenced as being one of their best releases by their mainstay fanbase, and from the breif exposure I have had to it, I can understand why. It is a classic black metal album, but it is incredibly memorable with some wicked riffs. Now, fast forward to 2007 with their May 2nd release of Fractal Possession, and you’ll likely hear a completely different sound from them. Gone is the traditional Fisher Price recording studio, replaced by some great production that adds a high level of depth to the music. The production though, I doubt is the major problem many fans may have with this release. You see, contrary to their original sound, Abigor has instigated changes in their music that include catchy breaks, strong industrial overtones and some great progressive riffs (and on top of that having very clear production). For long time fans, this change is paramount to the disdain they may have for this release; personally, I love it!

Being a very critical fan of black metal, I have to find something in the music that seperates them from the pack. With Fractal Possession, Abigor shows some incredible songwriting that often plays like a technical progressive rock album (no, it doesn’t sound like Rush). Perhaps even more impressive, is that Abigor doesn’t fall into the trap of orientating too much death metal, too much industrial, and too much folk. Too many black metal bands these days are attempting to find a niche by absorbing over sub-genres into their music instead of simply evolving their black metal sound. Abigor on this 2007 release has created a motley sound that orientates some incredible offbeat riffs and industrial overtones, but is still undoubtedly black metal in its most basic form.

Abigor is no Darkthrone, in fact, they are the exact opposite of all the Darkthrone‘s and Gorgoroth‘s of the world. Abigor do not have to fall into the elitist Nordic black metal niche that plagues so many in the scene, it is possible to be black metal, stay black metal, and be original! Fractal Possession has made me an Abigor fan, and their traditional fans should embrace this sound, because I doubt it is going anywhere anytime soon.

AMAZING…

Top Tracks: All of them!

Similar Bands: Sigh, 1349, Absu

1. Warning 01:53
2. Project: Shadow 05:38
3. Cold Void Choir 06:13
4. Lair Of Infinite Desperation 06:07
5. 3D Blasphemy 05:43
6. The Fire Syndrome 05:51
7. Injection Satan 04:25
8. Liberty Rises A Diagonal Flame 05:05
9. Vapourized Tears 05:10
10. Heaven Unveiled 06:39

A.R. (Arthur Rosar) – Vocals
P.K. (Virus 666, Peter Kubik) – Guitars, Bass
T.T. (Thomas Tannenberger) – Drums, Guitars

End All Life Productions
www.infernalhorde.com/abigor
www.myspace.com/abigorhorde

01
Oct
07

Review: Agent Steel – Alienigma (2007)

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Often, old school metal bands who attempt a resurgence in popularity are sometimes held back by the mentality that they need to conform to modern standards in order to achieve a new level of popularity with a new breed of listeners (i.e. Metallica, 90’s era Megadeth, In Flames, Soilwork). And then there are those bands who become bored with their sound, so they attempt change with results that leave a bad taste in the listener’s mouth (i.e. Flotsam and Jetsam and Extol). However, every once and awhile a band is able to not only find a resurgence in quality music, but also an evolution in sound, this is evident with Megadeth‘s last two albums. However, deep in the underground, a band that once “was” in the 80’s, is now making a similar comeback as Megadeth has done. This band has retained the basic essence of their original sound, but has found a new heart and soul in modern metal. This band is Agent Steel.

Agent Steel‘s 2007 album, Alienigma, can best be described as a cross between old school Agent, with modern influences from Nevermore, modern Overkill for the thrashy bits and traditional vocals, as well as some blackish metal styled growls thrown in to add some additional attitude. While Alienigma features a great, fresh take on speed and thrash metal, Agent Steel‘s comeback has been a bit rocky for this reviewer. 1999’s Omega Conspiracy took the band’s sci-fi theme to a whole new level…in fact, in went inter-stellar to the Planet of Cheese. The attitude that was prevalent in their first two albums in the 80’s at the height of thrash and speed’s popularity wasn’t as apparent, leaving an over-abundance of badly written power metal. However, the band received some good feedback I guess, and released Order of the Illuminati which was a step in the right direction. In 2007 though, Agent Steel has found their new niche, and their proper sound. There is a heavy dose of Nevermore in this album, which is entirely appropriate, as well as more thrash than has been heard in a long while by this band. And, of course, what is Agent Steel without a healthy dose of traditional speed metal?

Alienigma represents a fantastic leap forward for this band. Now, if they can only market this album to the masses with some music videos on Headbanger’s Ball and the internet, these guys can get some major label attention and really find that popularity that bands like Exodus, Overkill and Annihilator are beginning to feel with the newer metal fans. Agent Steel has made me a fan all over again, and many bands lose heart before they can achieve that again. Good luck boys, and keep making proper metal!

VERY GOOD

Top Tracks: Wash the Planet Clean, Extinct, Tiamat’s Fall
Similar Bands: Nevermore, Overkill, Exodus

1. Fashioned From Dust 04:44
2. Wash the Planet Clean 05:25
3. Hail to the Chief 06:37
4. Wormwod 06:08
5. Liberty Lying Bleeding 04:59
6. Hybridized 06:06
7. Tiamats Fall 05:37
8. WPD 05:23
9. Lamb to the Slaughter 04:08
10. Extinct 03:53

Bruce Hall – vocals
Juan Garcia – guitars
Bernie Versailles – guitars
Karlos Medina – bass
Rigo Amezcua – drums

Mascot Records
www.agentsteelonline.com
www.myspace.com/agentsteel




WarGlory’s Top 10 of 2007 (so far)

BEST

1. Circus Maximus - Isolate

2. Abigor - Fractal Possession

3. 3 Inches of Blood - Fire Up the Blades

4. Municipal Waste - The Art of Partying

5. Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos

6. Threshold - Dead Reckoning

7. As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between Us

8. Behemoth - The Apostasy

9. Megadeth - United Abominations

10. Agent Steel - Alienigma

WORST

1. Iced Earth - Framing Armageddon

2. Aria - Armageddon

3. Kruger - Redemption Through Loooseness

4. Machine Head - The Blackening

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