The Agonist
The Escape


4.5
superb

Review

by My1mmortal USER (7 Reviews)
April 10th, 2012 | 8 replies | 5,445 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When two songs deserve a review, you know the band is doing something right....

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

First of all, no, this is not a full-length album. It's a sadly short EP consisting of two tracks, both of which are set to appear on 'Prisoners', The Agonist's forthcoming 3rd album. While track by track reviews are generally tiresome, I don't believe it will do any harm here.

First up is 'The Lonely Solipsist', in my opinion the stronger of the two, which starts with a bang as Alissa growls like a demon over a blistering riff. The song progression is absolutely fantastic, as the track breaks into an interesting passage of choirs accompanied only by rolling drums before plunging headfirst back into the heaviness, with evil shrieks and technical arpeggio-riffing. Alissa's voice is absolutely fantastic, her growls could put most men in metal to shame and her cleans, while still not perfect, sound less forced and more listenable here. The chorus of this song is another of the track's highlights, deliciously catchy yet still heavy and intricate. The song closes with a final breakdown, in which the start riff is played over Alissa's relentless growls, growing barer and barer until the song comes to a sudden end. It's a fantastic way to end a brilliant song, more than worthy of inclusion on a full-length.

The second track, 'The Escape', follows in the same vein, though it is decidedly slower and less hectic. The song opens with the (great) chorus, before again descending into a fast metal section with growls and shrieks. As this evolves it begins to slowly build tension and energy, entering smoothly into a short but perfectly executed guitar solo at it's climax. The solo fades straight into another, more powerful reprise of the chorus, really displaying Alissa's cleans at their best and showing how her voice has evolved and improved. The track then continues in a similar direction as before, before once again ending rather abruptly.

The songs themselves are fantastic, but not flawless. The solo on 'The Escape' is so good one just wishes is was a touch longer, or that there was another on either of the tracks. The production on the album in interesting, it seems highly compressed, which enhances the punchiness of the guitar riffs but can also at times lead to difficulty in distinguishing different sounds in the mix. The final, biggest complaint, is of course that there aren't more songs on here, although of course this acts as a teaser of sorts for the new album, and tease it does. I will be picking up 'Prisoners' as soon as it is released, for if the rest of the tracks on there are as good as these, it will be a strong contender for my album of the year. Superb.



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Asiatic667
April 10th 2012



4647 Comments


Only heard the debut, which had its moments. Solid review

ZedO
April 10th 2012



1096 Comments


When two songs deserve a review, you know the band is doing something right....

Great summary, awesome tagline. pos!
This EP must be cool.....

Fluttertrank
April 10th 2012



17098 Comments


didnt know they released this. will check it out. vocalist is pretty good.

haydenslame
April 10th 2012



352 Comments


Never been into this band, but the vocalist rules

iambandersnatch
April 10th 2012



1464 Comments


that chick is yum

CaptainDooRight
April 11th 2012



28297 Comments


damn this band sucks soooo bad

their all talented but their music doesn't mesh well

just another generic band that will come and go

Digging: IQ - The Road of Bones

My1mmortal
April 11th 2012



17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Their debut was terrible, I never got into it, but seriously give this a chance!

Mudvayne95
October 11th 2013



31 Comments


this band is fucking awesome. been listening to them for a while when they were called the tempest.



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