Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Agorapocalypse

"21st Century Machine Killer"

As I said (and in a more specified and less childish manner), Agorapocalypse breaks the end of Agoraphobic Nosebleed's constant assault of the ultra-speed cheap programmed drums main extreme electro beater Scott Hull has used in almost every release including the always ending 100 song album mini CD of Altered States of America. Ever since, full of splits and compilations keep the bestial machine alive while Scott does more somewhat serious work with deathgrinders Pig Destroyer. It's good to see the machine back in a new form.

An avid ANb fan would feel a bit wary as it lacks the selfish lightning clashes of post-Scum structures but it pays off in result as everything is now an attractive balance affair that's enjoyable instead of just trying to remember the patterns of what was in the Honky Reduction 10". You can still try to remember the patterns on Agorapocalypse but at least there are riffs that are audible enough to give more spirit in each of the songs. Also Scott handling the Toontrack Drumkit from Hell programmer, he learned how to give more seconds without excessive blast beating or d-beating by using slow grooves to compliment the riffs especially in "Question of Integrity" (which features a very accurate drum solo which alone should give a strong amount of points). Add the vocals of powerviolence-yore and growling, and it's a serious game with necessary humor about the band itself and something about a "Druggernaut Jug Fuck". If that's not worth a chuckle, I don't know what can motivate. Also give respect for newcomer Katherine Katz who removes the male monotony with her roars of agony.

Agorapocalypse can pretty much ruin the spirit of what was Agoraphobic Nosebleed but I appreciate Scott and his will to evolve to not become just a constant super fast cyber/grind/violence group even though that's not a bad thing. If you want the fast parts only, listen to the beginning and ending sets of the album; they still have the heart of Old Man ANb! YEEEHAWW!!!


FULL STREAM LINK (TEMPORARY): http://agorapocalypse.com/

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