Review: Agonie – Mammon (Demo)

Posted: November 11, 2014 in Demo Review, Reviews
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Agonie are a German black metal band formed in Lower Saxony last year as a one man project but has recently expanded to a full band. Their debut release, ‘Mammon’, is 6 tracks of raw black metal goodness.

After a short intro, the first track proper, ‘Omen’ roars into life, a violent cocktail of blasting, inhuman shrieks and hynoptic riffing. There’s also an underlying ambient feeling as well, underpinning the metal with a droning atmosphere. ‘Menshenhass’ is a slower track, with a fuller bass performance that adds a bit of heft to the music. The vocals are still nasty, the riffs are still razor sharp, but the drumming is pleasantly heavy. There’s a good crunch to some of the slower sections that’s also pretty killer.

‘Ignoranz’ is probably the best track here, matching raw black metal with some cool, slower sections that add a great deal of atmosphere. There’s moments that bring to mind the majesty of Drudkh or Wolves in the Throne Room. It’s good to see a band taking on those kind of ideas while still retaining an element of raw assault. Most will pick one or the other. ‘Eure Saat’ is similar, taking a more measured pace and adding in some nice guitar leads in places. Closing track ‘Ende – Ein Neubeginn’ starts with a baritone vocal sung in German with screaming in the background and a menacing fuzz. It’s quite unsettling. The track itself is more solid black metal.

Agonie have got a good sound on this demo here, and I’d like to hear more from them. I’d like them to develop their more atmospheric sections I think to become something a bit more special but none the less this is a great demo.

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