The Agonist
Once Only Imagined


3.0
good

Review

by Bruce USER (2 Reviews)
October 9th, 2007 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Once Only Imagined is a strong first effort for The Agonist. it is an overall decent album with a quite a few good songs.

Initially I was impressed with 'Once Only Imagined'. The songs all had a good feel to them. The songs weren't overly complex and the vocals were good. But after a few listens the album started to wear on me. Rather than become more impressed with subsequent listens the album quickly became stale.

The Agonist is a Canadian metalcore band fronted by 2006 Canadian Idol competitor, Alyssa White-Gluz and produced by Christian Donaldson of Cryptopsy. The rest of the band is Danny Marino on the six string, Chris Kells on the bass and Derek Nadon beating the skins.

The stand out feature of this Canadian metalcore band is the vocals of White-Gluz. Her powerful dirty vocals are in the vein of Arch Enemy’s Angela Gossow. They seem a little over processed on the album. Her clean, melodic, vocals sound more suited for pop. Kind of like No Doubt meets Killswitch Engage.

The guitar work of Danny Marino is proficient and dynamic but the album lacks many truly memorable riffs. The guitars flow through bridges smoothly and breaks are plentiful. The melodic elements neatly contrast the more aggressive riffing lending a nice duality to the music. The guitar solos are simple and unimpressive. The bass guitar is nearly imperceptible. Derek Nadon (the studio drummer) keeps the beat with a few fills and blast beats.

The tracks stand well alone and flow well in the order on the disc. Kicking off the disk is a 32 second opener leads into the first song, ‘Rise and Fall’. The songs flow well together with no filler tracks giving the album good continuity. A few of the tracks tend to blend together. It is hard to understand the politically charged lyrics without the liner notes. The songs are well written and cohesive. Overall the album is a good listen.

The Agonist shows promise as a force in music and Once Only Imagined proves they are competent if not memorable. Standout tracks include ‘Rise and Fall’, ‘Trophy Kill’, ‘Business Suits and Combat Boots’ and ‘Forget Tomorrow’.

One can only hope that The Agonist is like a fine wine. Only gets better with age. I would hate to see them skunk their next effort.


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Meatplow
October 10th 2007


5524 Comments


Sounds good.

Just a little advice, too many sentences end dead. You should use a comma here and there, besides that good review.

Altmer
October 10th 2007


5652 Comments


condense or expand this in my opinion

BallsToTheWall
October 10th 2007


44598 Comments


All I know is, The Agonist has a extremely hot singer with a good voice. Their decent but dont understand why they were touring with Enslaved. Good review.

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Thor
November 1st 2007


10200 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm seeing these guys on Saturday with Arsis. I just checked out their myspace to see if they're any good. Pretty solid.

Profanatic
December 10th 2007


28 Comments


I really like what i'm hearing on their myspace. Be sure to check out their video, thats a pretty good start imo.

Thor
December 10th 2007


10200 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

They put on a really good show when I saw them. They're not anything mindblowing, but it was a simple, fun, and heavy show.

beans
December 21st 2007


2332 Comments


ive heard one song off this album and i think ill go check em out now, if they're first album is about this good.

Lamotte
May 27th 2008


45 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty Good Band Imo! Don't have much time to explain myself but give it a try!

MisterBeefy
February 6th 2009


244 Comments


Can't wait for there second album, sounds damn good

BallsToTheWall
February 6th 2009


44598 Comments


The bands imgae on myspace is hilarious. Granted she has blue hair and still looks hot, the Victorian look is kind of absurd. And unfortunately, the music didn't get more pretenious and/or classical based darkwave.



I take it back, myspace songs are a bit more epic but too much death and core elements for me to really like.This Message Edited On 02.06.09

MisterBeefy
February 8th 2009


244 Comments


Balls I agree with you about there new look, Its ridiculous.
Finally the new album is out.This Message Edited On 03.09.09

MusiclessLifeless
May 8th 2010


21 Comments


I dunno... I've grown really fond of the last track.

Epictemptation
February 25th 2013


88 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A good solid album, although this review sucked

Willie
Moderator
February 25th 2013


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

What's so good about it?

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