First Fragment
The Afterthought Ecstasy


4.5
superb

Review

by Adam Gola USER (38 Reviews)
September 30th, 2012 | 19 replies | 4,230 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An overlooked masterpiece of technical death metal. Full of soul, taste and awesomeness.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

The Quebec scene of technical death metal has proven a force to be reckoned with with the release of the extremely well-received "The Aura" by Beyond Creation. But it turns out that the area hid at least one more utterly amazing outfit in its shadows. Why didn't First Fragment's album "The Afterthought Ecstasy", released one year earlier, make such a big boom, unlike "The Aura"? I wonder, I really do.

Maybe it's because of the length - only six songs with the average song length at 4:30. No lengthy songs on a prog/tech death album with rich neo-classical influences. But that's actually pretty cool - each of the amazing songs can be sampled like a little morsel, and each is written so well that they never outstay their welcome.

So what exactly can one expect on "The Afterthought Ecstasy"? Well, technical death metal for one. The heaviness is more than satisfactory, definitely a notch or two above other artism-oriented bands such as Opeth or Ne Obliviscaris. This is death metal, no fooling. All the wicked blasting and insane shred solos being the cornerstones of the genre are present and well. But this album is something else, something different. It actually has stuff that not even "The Aura" has. Pianos, acoustic passages, and neo classical shred solos. And the band's sense of melody is also different than Beyond Creation's - and in this reviewer's opinion, easier to listen to. There is no particular chord progression or flavor that the band would stick to - they're pretty much all around the place with their melodies. As far as the musicianship goes, it goes without saying that all of it is top-notch. It's tech death after all.

I highly recommend this album to anyone who enjoys tech death spiced up with lots of progressive, acoustic and neo-classical influences. The latter, I should mention, are not utilized like in Necrophagist, where a neo-classical solo follows a purely technical verse, but rather intertwined into the very essence of the composition. Everything in this album flows with perfect smoothness, and there is absolutely no time for boredom. If only these guys had a better publicity manager...



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XfingTheSullen
October 1st 2012



2365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dawgs, u srsly need to hear this album

666Micrograms
April 2nd 2013



923 Comments


this is fucked. i hope they come with an lp soon. this band really caught me off guard.

XfingTheSullen
April 2nd 2013



2365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

These mofuckas are really special, dammit

666Micrograms
April 27th 2013



923 Comments


so badass. no one techs like quebec

Kusangii
July 7th 2013



269 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So good. Haven't listened to this in a while, just remembered how great it is.

dbilidb
August 17th 2013



46 Comments


Great band... :3

LungButter
August 24th 2013



171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This puts all modern tech death to shame.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 2nd 2013



13414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

techy

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SpiritCrusher2
September 7th 2013



2875 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is sick!

Kusangii
September 9th 2013



269 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Can't wait for their next full-length. Absurdly good stuff right here

Kusangii
November 14th 2013



269 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow, this album need so much more attention. Come on people, this is golden.

SpiritCrusher2
November 14th 2013



2875 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed

SpiritCrusher2
November 14th 2013



2875 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

btw according to their facebook page, they're currently recording their first LP wooo

Kusangii
November 14th 2013



269 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I know, I'm so excited. They said that they were going to record it this summer though, so it must've been delayed as hell, which kinda sucks...

MO
January 30th 2014



18198 Comments


band needs way more attention. rules, fucking quebec and their relentless talent

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
January 30th 2014



13414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this is awesome, hope they put out a full length soon.

XfingTheSullen
January 31st 2014



2365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Weird, I remember listening to it a while ago and not liking it all that much. Oh wait, that must have been Ohmnivalent by Anomalous. Keep confusing those guys.

brainmelter23
June 17th 2014



26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This and Inferi are metal bands you should be listening to right now.

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XfingTheSullen
June 26th 2014



2365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Still haven't checked out Inferi. Sounds interesting, will do!



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