Latitudes
Agonist


3.5
great

Review

by fromtheinside USER (130 Reviews)
August 5th, 2010 | 78 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


I recently stumbled upon a fantastic way for me to embrace and enhance my musical discoveries. There’s nothing like settling down after a long day with an album that you’ve been anticipating since being recommended it. Now most, often experience instances like this, even making it a regular relaxation period for them, but I like to take it a step farther. You see before drifting off to sleep I like to let my mind wander for as long as possible with an album (usually post-metal) that can heighten my imagination’s state of bliss. Latitudes have recently become the conductor for my expeditions.

Describing Latitudes sophomore effort Agonist is somewhat of an aberration. They’re not strikingly original borrowing several ideas from the likes of Isis and Pelican, but there’s a certain factor that seems to distance them from their peers. I presume it’s the way in which they construct their songs. Even if they’re terribly ordinary, underneath their simple designs lay almost flawless execution. They have an insistent nature to keep the ball rolling once the momentum picks up, even with the few seven minute tracks, this is a fine feat. Their diversity, while not spanning the globe, rests in a few places that make the trips worthwhile. Bulging riffs encased with sludge are the focal point; here they’re able to dabble in areas of black metal, post-rock and even some doom insertions. This helps keep the album fresh and away from an overarching aspect of heaviness, on top of heaviness, on top of heaviness.

Like with most post-anything bands Latitudes aren’t short on the prog endeavors; a majority of the tracks are over six minutes long, and while many will scoff, you’d be surprised to hear much the band can do in such a time frame. In fact this feels like the perfect scope for Latitudes creative aspects to brew. Even more shocking is how experimental the band is with shorter tracks like “Steppe and Veld” which has a stifling riff conducing a claustrophobic atmosphere. However, my favorite offering is the contrast the band employ with the occasional vocal spot bordering the likes of Alcest. It provides a beautiful balance to the barrage of bricks that are thrown.

Despite how unoriginal I may have perceived this as with the earlier comparisons, Latitudes are solid post-metal. They can strut anything from a twisted love affair between steel string acoustics and Isis like down tempo flexing (“Fluxes of the Womb”), to a voyage of drum stampedes across tracks of fluttering riffs (“Antechamber”). It’s an album like this that proves music doesn’t have to be wholly original to be great. In fact weren’t all truly great albums excavated with a little inspiration? Eh, I’m not really trying to vindicate true inspiration. What I am trying to say is that this album provides the perfect synopsis for my dreamscapes.



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fromtheinside
August 5th 2010


18363 Comments


artwork is sick.

i was told 3 times yesterday post-metal doesn't exist. a little disoriented at the moment.

Digging: Gehenna - Seen Through the Veils of Darkness

fromtheinside
August 5th 2010


18363 Comments


i know i need to stop. its getting a lil ridic.

fromtheinside
August 5th 2010


18363 Comments


don't be fooled by the rocks that i got
i'm still, i'm still jenny from the bloc

fromtheinside
August 6th 2010


18363 Comments


oh wow i didn't even notice there was no track listing.

sexpoi
August 6th 2010


599 Comments


this sounds awesome ima try it out. i've been lookin for some new post-metal so this is up my alley. great review btw

Photon
August 6th 2010


1292 Comments


glad there is finally a review for this really good album..

Photon
August 6th 2010


1292 Comments


Sarcasm ? anway yes to both ..i like this album found it on robixxx's blog awhile back

fromtheinside
August 6th 2010


18363 Comments


it's on my blog now too.

(shameless whoring)

eternium
August 6th 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've seen this artwork before. Listening now and really enjoying it.

Dryden
August 6th 2010


12928 Comments


are you smiling and rubbing parts on ur body

eternium
August 6th 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I only do that when I'm thinking of you.

eternium
August 6th 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think this could be a 4 if it had some screaming vocals.

fromtheinside
August 7th 2010


18363 Comments


you know i think you're right. though i do love the counter balance the soft vocals provide i could see some aggressiveness really taking this to another level.

Captain North
August 7th 2010


6788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the shit.

eternium
August 7th 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They could still keep the vocals to a minimum. There's just certain parts of this that I feel would be better with someone screaming in the typical post-metal fashion. The band could find some other way to separate themselves from the major bands.

Captain North
August 7th 2010


6788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also, keep up the reviews man, your name is the one I look out for nowadays.

Dryden
August 7th 2010


12928 Comments


DONT KEEP UP THE REVIEWS

fromtheinside
August 7th 2010


18363 Comments


ilu dry.

Jebull
September 14th 2010


1340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album. It needed a review!

wyankeif1337
January 15th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i feel like this has potential but the riffs just lack staying power for me



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