Agents Of Abhorrence
Earth.Water.Sun


4.5
superb

Review

by Jordan F. USER (21 Reviews)
June 9th, 2011 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Complex, jagged structures. True visceral art.

Power. Violent. Grind. These three words summarize one of the most intense bands out of Australia. Agents of Abhorrence released “Earth.Water. Sun.” in 2008 and it went largely unnoticed compared to some of the more traditional grind releases. Clocking in at a little over 9 minutes total, this album will take you by storm. Influenced by the new school of power violence ( Iron Lung and the like), expect a blunt nasty onslaught. The vocals vary between a charred shriek and a guttural roar. “Salt and earth! Salt and Fvcking earth!” vocalist Grant John frantically howls over the onslaught of dissonant riffage and blasting drums. The trio coexists within the chaos wonderfully and the complex, jagged structures created are true visceral art.

“The whole planet is uprooted” the voice wails with Armageddon behind it. The concept behind this album seems to be an apocalyptic look at mortality and nature. The beautiful photograph of the flower on the cover brings to mind the cycle of life that all things are bound by. Concepts aside, this album is a real stand out in the genre. The main complaint would be it’s length but this is not an uncommon trait within the genre. The first track is a short ambient intro that could be more interesting but it’s not exactly long enough to care about. It almost lulls you into a false sense of security before blasting you with piss, I mean “Salt and Earth”. This song is one of the stand outs on the album and will be embedded in your skull in a few plays. It seems to hearken back to Jane Doe at times. Repetition isn’t something to worry about with such a short album, but it’s still awesome how each song really stands out.

“Love Song” is probably another competitor for best track. The intro seems like it could be a speed up Swans riff and that slower paced heaviness with the guitar carries through the entire track while the drums are wailed on. “Puppet Fvck” ravages and casts down the opposition. The lines that accompany the track send a common message but are still potent as hell. “You... seep into the concrete and spread like a disease / Lobotomized, on automation, a puppet, on your knees”. The uncompromising harshness and the unique structures explored in each, short, violent track basically cover new ground in the genre. There are only a few bands that blur these boundaries so well. Even though it’s a bit on the short side, this album stands among the best in recent grind. What the album lacks in length it more than makes up for with innovation.



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Bleekill
June 9th 2011


832 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Been a long time. I'm not exactly returning to reviewing consistently but I am going to try to manage a few every now and then. This album has been way overlooked and I have played it so many times it was a pretty easy review. I'm gonna try to find some more like this.

TAB
June 9th 2011


447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album fuckin owns

Chrisjon89
June 9th 2011


3625 Comments


Cool, I've got this but haven't listened yet.

alachlahol
June 9th 2011


7489 Comments


i suppose i can take nine minutes out of my life to listen to this

djunior
June 12th 2011


758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've been meaning to get on this for a while. I downloaded it, but the file was messed up. trying again

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Adabelle
September 29th 2012


4257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey, bump

Funeralopolis
April 14th 2013


11347 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

vocalist reminds me of bannon

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cagedescending
April 14th 2013


4124 Comments


gr8 bump

Adabelle
April 14th 2013


4257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed!

Funeralopolis
December 17th 2013


11347 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea

Funeralopolis
March 11th 2014


11347 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This deserves more attention



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