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Agnostic – Morbid Embracement

  • Review by: Adarsh Rajagopal

The north-east have always given us some really good bands. They do things their own way and are really good at it. The only problem being the bands aren’t as consistent as one would hope and they usually don’t last long. Amidst all the chaos have emerged an evidently talented bunch who call themselves Agnostic. Having recently watched them at the Undergrind Fest 2012 and simply blown away by their live performance, I decided I must have their CD and picked one up.

A rather abrupt and explosive beginning to an 8 song full length. Very reminiscent of Cannibal Corpse. Some would say death metal that is generic but impactful, capable of leaving an auditory footprint for most listeners. Compositionally derivative at some points but bouts of originality otherwise. Though after repeated listens the riffs don’t seem memorable. The vocalist being a constant reminder of a young George Fisher (from Monstrosity). Technically they are quite sound, as one can see on Acrisia. Proficient and able to put up more than an energetic stage act. The tightness from the studio is quite easily translated to the stage, much more so than other bands. The entire album is laden with various elements of groove, but at times slightly overdone. The title track is a lot more similar to Cannibal Corpse than one would wish to be. Not necessarily a bad thing unless the trend seems to be catching on. Some remarkable drumming on this track and the next. Maggot Infest is their cornerstone of popularity and, although it starts off on an extremely different and surprising note, one can hardly call it death metal and it seems like they chose to take a rather experimental turn while writing this one. The clean vocals not something you would want to hear again. Clearly the weak link in the entire album I say. The last one brings the album back to its senses, ending it on a positive note.

A great effort at a debut at the end of it. And though some might have qualms about the album being a CD-R and not a pressed CD and not the best packaging, it still makes for a very good buy. The artwork is unique but could have been a lot better. It’s not difficult to find good artists these days. The production on the other hand is spot on, neither overdone nor under produced. Kudos to the engineer(s). On a closing note, I say if you are a fan of Cannibal Corpse and if you want a taste of death metal from India, please go and buy the CD and you shall not be disappointed.

6/10