Augury
Fragmentary Evidence


5.0
classic

Review

by TheDepravedPelican USER (8 Reviews)
March 23rd, 2013 | 18 replies | 898 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With arguably the best progressive death metal album since Blackwater Park by Opeth, Fragmentary Evidence falls on... just about nobody's ears.

2 of 4 thought this review was well written

As modern music progresses, much of it gets left behind. Bands are now trying to become faster, more precise, and create an elaborate balance between technicality, brutality, and innovation. In this process, most of these bands find themselves lost. Certain acts, such as Between the Buried and Me, show lots of promise. They have established themselves as an act that deserves credit. However, even if their careers are gaining increasing longevity, they still struggle to create meaningful, directed, and innovative songwriting without essentially writing a musical mess. As well, with the sound of Djent growing increasingly in popularity, most bands since 2008 have actually regressed rather than progressed.

Augury is certainly an exception to all of this. With arguably the best progressive death metal album since Blackwater Park by Opeth, Fragmentary Evidence falls on... just about nobody's ears. When one thinks of great, innovative bassists, Steve Digiorgio should be one of the first that comes to mind. His fret-less bass work has created an impression on more tracks than Seattle Slew, and will likely most notably be remembered for his work with Death in the early 1990's. But what's there to say about Dominic Lapointe?

According to Sputnik Music, Fragmentary Evidence has been rated only 205 times until the date of this review, working on four years after the album's release. 9 out of 10 of those ratings were made by people who likely don't even know his name. Yet his bass work on Fragmentary Evidence is something to be held up to a pedestal, and easily ranks right up there with albums such as Individual Thought Patterns by Death (Steve Digiorgio). Every track on the album delivers a punishing blow from the fingers of Dominic Lapointe. Whether it pummel you in the face from the get-go in "Aetheral", "Simian Cattle", or astonish you throughout on "Jupiter To Ignite", his bass work on this album is enough alone to warrant this album the praise it deserves. Ironic how one can make such a statement without mentioning the rest of the band.

Everything about Augury on Fragmentary Evidence is simply crushing. Aside from the absolutely incredible song structure and writing, many different musical styles and patterns are prevelent throughout. Vocalist Patrick Loisel, while not reinventing the Death Metal vocal wheel, who in the genre has since 1998? There are, however, vocalists that not only suffice to fit death metal, but those who rise above and show a fantastic understanding of excecution. There is not one part on the whole album where Patrick Loisel fails to fit the bill. In fact, many parts, such as the utterly beautiful yet powerful first several minutes of Brimstone Landscapes, find themselves in their own unique spectrum where finding anything like them is near impossible. Patrick also never tries to sing over the music or force any lyrics, and there are very lengthy passages which will almost make you forget there's even a vocalist.

As your ears tune in to different parts of the band, you discover another under-the-radar talent in Mathieu Marcotte. His guitar work, coupled with Patrick Loisel, is extremely creative. Not only are tempos changed with unmatched skill on the distorted end of Augury, but the clean passages are extremely potent. Some of the most beautiful passages you could possibly think of, such as the one found around 5 minutes into Oversee the Rebirth, cut right into your core. The solo guitar work, while you won't find any extended guitar solos, are always perfectly placed, and astonishingly leave nothing more to be expected. Something that extreme metal hasn't touched in years.

The final piece to the puzzle, Etienne Gallo, may also be the most essential part to the entire band. Etienne's drumming is very reminiscent of albums such as Omnivium by Obscura, and couldn't play any more perfectly from beginning to end on Fragmentary Evidence. From doubling up with Lapointe in a bass-drums solo halfway through Aetheral, to matching the album on every technicality, and twist and turn. He shows not only incredible touch, and maturity with the use of ghost notes, but also incorporates some of the innovative drumming styles found on what is quite possibly the best ever progressive death metal album from a drumming standpoint, The Sound of Perseverance by Death. Jupiter to Ignite is where he is at his full potential.

It's quite a shame that Fragmentary Evidence may never get the recognition it deserves, but it just might be one of the last truly creative and innovated progressive death metal albums of all-time. A true modern classic, by any standard.

Recommended Tracks:
- The album is best listened as a whole, but anyone listening for the first time should check out at least all of the following:
- Aetheral
- Simian Cattle
- Jupiter To Ignite
- Brimstone Landscapes



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Yazz_Flute
March 22nd 2013



18735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is one of my favorite death metal albums ever.

Digging: Anekdoten - Vemod

HenchmanOfSanta
March 22nd 2013



1655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is not brutal death. And Opeth is arguably death metal at all, let alone brutal.

shepaintedfire
March 22nd 2013



63 Comments


ehhhhhh album is alright

bloc
March 22nd 2013



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I remember it was this album that made me like death metal more. I was always iffy on it before I ever listened to this album. Fantastic stuff and I am always waiting for something new from these guys.

Digging: He Is Legend - I Am Hollywood

Yazz_Flute
March 23rd 2013



18735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Skyless is fucking ridiculously good.

bloc
March 23rd 2013



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The band can keep making carbon copies of this as new albums and I'd be a happy man

Keyblade
March 23rd 2013



13269 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

jupiter to ignite is one of my favorite dm songs. seriously that song is orgasmic

Digging: Nmesh - Dream Sequins

KILL
March 23rd 2013



67082 Comments


bands boring as fuck

FrozenVain
March 23rd 2013



2263 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^fucking really? whatever epic band
nice review pos'd

hermitspancho
March 23rd 2013



277 Comments


Your review comes across as really knowledgable but falls down immediately with the 'brutal' label. Augury aren't brutal nor
would I suggest they are progressive metal OR to be lumped in with opeth? I'm also troubled by your statistics about the lack
of awareness for Augury around Sputnik. They are very well known as far as I have seen, but are just distinctly 2nd tier.
I like your review otherwise for what that's worth.

Keyblade
March 23rd 2013



13269 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

they can be pretty brutal at times

shepaintedfire
March 23rd 2013



63 Comments


I agree with KILL, this album was pretty boring. It's not terrible or anything, just not particularly good either. I haven't listened to it in a long time though.

FrozenVain
March 23rd 2013



2263 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

listen again

branflakes911
March 23rd 2013



84 Comments


Seriously dude you gotta take out the brutal death labels. If you're comparing this to BWP it's because it's progressive. Yeah, it's "brutal", but it's not brutal death metal. Otherwise rated positive - just got into Augury, now I'm gonna get into this one.

HenchmanOfSanta
March 24th 2013



1655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0


Also, please note I commented earlier saying I thought I edited that part out. Something weird
happened with wordpad, was using a different comparison than Opeth but it changed itself back. Might
be something to do with my sticky keyboard (Don't bother with your porn jokes, har har har) but I
really can't tell you.

Quite unfortunate you can't edit reviews.

1. Go to your profile
2. Click the button that says "Edit my Reviews/Albums." It's the fourth one under your image.

You can figure out the rest.

hermitspancho
March 24th 2013



277 Comments


I didn't neg. reviews good, enjoyed reading it.

shepaintedfire
March 24th 2013



63 Comments


Yeah, I'll listen to it again and see if I like it any better.

shepaintedfire
April 10th 2013



63 Comments


listened to this again and it is pretty good, like it a lot more than i did when I listened to it a
couple years back....will have to bump up my rating



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