A REVIEW FROM RECKLESS RON
North American Release date Feb 24th 2015 from http://www.centurymedia.com/
The band hasn’t necessarily started from scratch but have seen new ground and taken it. The music is more diversified than their past releases with the band incorporating different recording techniques with longtime producer Cristian Donaldson at the helm, creating a full-on heavy-live sound that is fresh and thunderous, taking us to new lands.
“Eye Of Providence” opens with a face burning tune entitled “Gates Of Horn And Ivory” blasting out of the gate at stampede speed, the soul and groove of the band is soon evident. The drumming techniques of Simon McKay have more of a progressive thrash appeal going on than with previous material that really stands out on this record. Vickys’ vocals have a very broad range, from beautiful clean Vox to guttural death metal passages or thrash metal screams from the gut, she blends them all seamlessly.
There are many songs on the disc where Vicky incorporates a fire and passion in her voice that is second to none. “My Witness-Your Victim” gives us some more insight as to the album title, referring to the eye of God and what we all hold true. The band is firing on all cylinders with Danny and Pascal laying out a great groove that is explosive .Chris Kells holds the bottom end/ rhythm down well and is full of confidence and mastery weaving a hypnotic spell along with the twin guitar attack’s. A very thought-provoking powerful tune that the band released as an official video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To3-0Q8EUrM proving to be one of the best songs off this disc.
The opening of “Dance Macabre” kind of reminded me of “Avatar “..this whole album has surprising little tidbits that keeps the listener enthralled. Where beginnings and endings are irrelevant and tasteful sonic highs, dipping into intricate bombastic heavy-metal lows are well-crafted into each song, wrapping things up in style. This song soars!
“ I Endeavor” has an upbeat rage throughout the song, with a Middle Eastern type of mode throughout.The guitar work is extraordinary with fast guitar runs ,matching Vicky’s mesmerizing lyrics, creating a yin-yang tapestry between thunderous death meta,l with poetically melodic replies. Very well-crafted song-full of spunk!
Looking at the album cover and how everything is pieced together with “Eye Of Providence”, the 5th track “Faceless Messenger”, looks at how the digital/computer age has made everything so much more accessible to you and I- yet we lose ourselves in the process - or do we seek the truth? The song holds a heavy metal rock riff vibe and Simon McKay’s exquisite drumming - keeps it in the pocket. The lyrical content shines bright on this number and really shows how the band has expanded with their writing capabilities. In my minds-eye, I would consider this ~the album title song ;}
Raw beauty is how I’d like to describe “Perpetual Motion”. Unlike a lot of the - metal/melodic/death goth/core/etc.. bands that make up our legions (some boring and some too brash) this song brings all to the table. Opening with acoustic guitar it brings us into a very catchy melody which drops into blast beats and gets transformed and misshapen into in old- death metal swagger. Then ascending into heaven, with Vicky’s hypnotic vocals and some brilliant stuff. The song is epic with its contrasts/ dynamics, and like every song on this album pleasantly unpredictable and uniquely strong.
“A Necessary Evil” brings us the the dark horse on the album, which comes across as a mix of Iron Maiden meets Goatwhore with a thrashy Megadeth grip. Myself I prefer things on the heavier side, but the song ranks up there high. A true gem that will undoubtedly become hit! The one thing that I truly enjoy about this album is the fact that the band is having fun and you can hear it in the music. Which is noticeable on “Architects Hallucinate” where the music sets free and opens your eyes (and ears) in positive ways!
To give your subwoofers a good workout crank “Disconnect Me” to 11. A swiftly sweet tune that’ll have your pedal to the metal and your head banging in time. Such great Canadian bands such as Unleashed The Archers or Order Of Chaos come to mind but The Agonist are of their own. “The Perfect Embodiment” opens with a soulful melody that builds into a beauty of angst and fury that would fit perfectly on any 007 movie sound track… Just saying ;} Totally rocks!
Full of hidden meaning in tons of backwards satanic tracks “A Gentle Disease” (lol just kidding) engulfs your speakers with the sole ballad that is the perfect tile in this mosaic, quiet acoustic guitar with Vicky’s gifted vocals leave a haunting melody that exemplifies the band’s newfound balance. “Follow The Crossed Line” is simply crushing from beginning to end, spot on and ensured to spark a mosh pit or two. Blasting along at subsonic speed my only complaint is that it was over too soon it brings on some harrowing blast beats; screaming guitar and some extremely great production full of rage and power. Which brings us to the last song on the CD “As Above, So Below” which is kind of like an epilogue that summarizes eye of Providence and proclaims we will stand tall and will never faulter; which is where “The Agonist” stands today and tomorrow!
I Give This Cd 5 outta 5 broken necks for being that damn good. Deserves a grammy or two in my world.
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