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Antagony

Antagony formed in 1999 amongst the ashes of the crust punk band Y.F.H. Founding members Nick Vasallo, Carlos Saldana, Ben Orum, and Jody Handy wished to combine elements of disparate forms of extreme music into one sonic experience: Grindcore, Hardcore, Death Metal, Tribal drumming and Doom. They showcases this eclectic mix of genres in their first release, an EP entitled "Expect the Worst," and followed it with their first US tour. With a new drummer (Justin Hughes) their first album "See Through These Eyes" released in 2001 further refined their style and soon after Antagony was one of ...read more

Antagony formed in 1999 amongst the ashes of the crust punk band Y.F.H. Founding members Nick Vasallo, Carlos Saldana, Ben Orum, and Jody Handy wished to combine elements of disparate forms of extreme music into one sonic experience: Grindcore, Hardcore, Death Metal, Tribal drumming and Doom. They showcases this eclectic mix of genres in their first release, an EP entitled "Expect the Worst," and followed it with their first US tour. With a new drummer (Justin Hughes) their first album "See Through These Eyes" released in 2001 further refined their style and soon after Antagony was one of the premier Extreme Metal acts in the Bay Area underground, a thriving scene. Antagony performed with such acts as Grimple, Dystopia, Fang, Cephalic Carnage, Brujeria, Vital Remains, Cattle Decapitation, Intronaut, Disgorge, Exhumed, Obituary, As I Lay Dying, Incantation, and Monstrosity just to name a few.

After their Triangle of Hate Tour U.S.A. 2001, with supporting acts End of All and Boof, Antagony fell into a period of inactivity. All of their primary members directed their energies into other projects: Nick (Scolding Romeo, college), Carlos (2 by 2), Ben (formed All Shall Perish with members of Boof and End of All), and Justin (Hacksaw to the Throat). This was the most unstable era of the band as they changed lineups constantly...

By the time Antagony resurfaced with a new lineup (Kyle Anderson, Christian Mitchell and Carlos Saldana replacing Ben Orum, Bray Almini, and Cayson Russo), the scene had changed, there was a new emphasis on providing dance friendly sections (aka. breakdowns) into the music scene. Antagony finally released the long-awaited "Rebirth" in 2005, combining material they had wrote since 2001. Although well received by fans and critics, it was a record that should have been released 2 years before.

With their next album, "Days of Night", Antagony wished to shed their previous attempt at appeasing the audience. This was to be their most eclectic recording to date. The album required use of cellos, broken pianos, choirs, different simultaneous metronome markings, and several layers of overdubbing. Musically, this album was a lot more "classically" structured as well; previously Antagony depended on the use of constant sectional changes to catch listeners off guard. This proved especially effective when performing live and this variation form they put into their early sound definitely influenced their peers. Justin parted ways with Antagony during the recording of the album but performs on 3 of the tracks ("The Truth Will Be Known", "Exhale Her Poison", and "Voyage").

Finally released in 2009 [after a year-long search of a suitable drummer] "Days of Night" signals a return to Antagony's original sound, notably the high pitch screaming of Nick Vasallo, combined with their newer signtature sound - Carlos Saldana's primal lows, supported by the rich guitar harmonies of Kyle Anderson and Ryan Rey. Brian Camera's intricate and precise drumming provide a strong anchor for this web of sound. Harmonically, rhythmically, and structurally this is Antagony's most daring effort. Few have truly understood it, but those that do recognize its uniqueness [in the pool of digital copycat bands in the metal scene] understand...

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Days of Night
2009

4.4
8 Votes
See Through These Eyes
2001

4.8
6 Votes
Rebirth


4.8
8 Votes

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