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Review: Agiel - Dark Pantheons Again Will Reign
Dark Pantheons Again Will Reign

Label: Unique Leader
Year released: 2002
Duration: 37:07
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: February 6, 2009
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating
Dark Pantheons Again Will Reign

Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)

On the face of things, Agiel are your standard Unique Leader brutal Death Metal band. They've got the crushing riffs coming at you from all angles, crazy bass guitar twanging and slamming all over the place, stomach tearing vocal abuse and drums that are tighter than a knat's arse. However, these guys stand out from the pack because they actually use (prepare yourselves traditionalists) keyboards.

Things tend to pass by very quickly in the world of Agiel, riffs uncontrollably spinning towards your ears whilst running through every scale under the sun, solos whipping around like electrical surges, insanely fast drumwork pounding it all into shape with a thick drizzling of bile on top. The keyboards as previously mentioned are generally an afterthought, used sparingly and set pretty low in the overall chaotic mix, but when they are used they do manage to add a fairly refreshing sound compared to your every day brutal/tech Death Metal band. They're especially well used on the rare occasion when they slow down, leaving the keyboards to sweep through to create a eerie atmosphere similar to that of a non-eastern sounding Nile, but these times are few and far between.

If you're not into the likes of Deeds of Flesh or Braindrill, Agiel won't do anything for you at all. However, if you think the likes of Suffocation just aren't technical/fast/brutal enough for you these days, these babies might be right up your alley.

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