AGERASIA
Headlines


4.0
excellent

Review

by ScuroFantasma USER (30 Reviews)
February 16th, 2014 | 15 replies | 1,388 views


Release Date: 01/16/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fantastic display of musical prowess.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

When genres clash, a whirlwind saturated with opportunities and pitfalls presents itself to the artist initiating the blend. A perfect marriage of different musical styles can garner a truly magnificent body of work. However, on the opposite side of the coin that is chance lurks an embarrassing and crushing possibility of failure. And, if it doesn’t work, then no redeeming qualities in the music will overshadow the giant hole that only quality can fill. To summarise; the hybrid beast eventually created can be either a desirable or disastrous outcome. The consequences of a detrimental fusion are enough to halt a bands progress before the members have recognised their own folly.

So, with the aforementioned treacherous territory that one must enter to fully realise a multi-genre album, it’s time to introduce AGERASIA, the band which masterfully blends death metal and metalcore. Hello? Still there? Excellent, you’ve managed to overlook a stereotype and appreciate the possibility of great musicianship existing anywhere. Continuing now, what gives AGERASIA the highly coveted ability of standing out in a sea of mediocre bands is their exemplary song-writing skills. Drenched in energetic and undoubtedly interesting passages, each track is unique and possesses an infectious feeling of intrigue. There are no repetitive or unnecessarily long instrumental sections in between the hooks and choruses, nor are there any trite, attention-seeking tricks commonly used by unoriginal bands. AGERASIA simply have the ability to retain a listener’s attention naturally.

An extremely short, three second guitar strumming marks the only introduction AGERASIA offers to listeners in order to ease them into this EP, before a barrage of instrumental mayhem ensues. The title track ‘Headlines’ has begun, a ridiculously heavy and genre defining song. After an incredible opening, the vocalists make their presence clear – “Look up to…THE SKIES, as you feel SHAME CREEPING UP your spine”! The difference in vocal style of the two creates an opportunity for juxtaposition that is embraced entirely by the band. The screaming courtesy of the main vocalist (has the majority of the lines by a small margin) contrasts effectively with the lower growls of his companion. Overall, what contributes the most to this combination of metalcore and death metal is the two vocalists, each representing the two genres respectively. Lyrically, the content deals in topics ranging from the guilt of a murderer to the idea of religion excusing immoral activity, however, they are broad enough to be open to interpretation for a casual listener.

Although the interesting vocal alternation is the most direct declaration of genre melding, the varied instrumental section is quite impressive to say the least. During the course of this album, there are myriad shifts in everything from style to pace to atmosphere. No ceaseless, mindless chugging is to be found on HEADLINES. Instead, intelligence and innovation permeate the very fabric of this album, creating a sound that requires multiple listens to fully unravel, whilst refusing to become boring in the process. The bass guitar is constantly audible, which is an absolutely pleasurable discovery in a genre ‘electric-guitar-dominated’ as deathcore. The drumming is frantic and, needless to say, blast-beats abound. There is a technical ability, however, that this drummer seems to wield in a most memorable way.

Now, while the majority of the album is exceptional, there is one small problem at the end of the first track. The spoken word excerpt detailing information regarding a murder, as if the narrator were a news anchor, is a tad, predictable maybe? It just feels overused and ends an amazing track in a sort of anti-climactic way. A small gripe, even perhaps one that is a matter of taste, but it is quite cheesy nonetheless, much like the decision to christen the band’s name in entirely capital letters (although, in a list of band names, one does seem to stand out). Despite this negligible issue(which takes little away from the music) the album transitions smoothly to the next track ‘Exits’ which might even be heavier than it’s predecessor.

What is easily the most entertaining part of the whole experience is the varied timing, and the frequency that such changes occur at. From the slow, sludgy bridge on ‘Medium’ to the feverish tremolo picking that follows immediately afterwards until – the track slows down again, so much so that it almost seems to stop, before blundering on again wildly. Such extensive shifts in pace lock onto the listener's attention like a bears jaw around a slippery salmon.

The third and final track of this EP features a guest, an unusual addition on a three track, but fixating in its peculiarity. Thomas Hirst of The Gun Show contributes to the song ‘Medium’, and while his presence might possibly go unnoticed, I doubt that was the point of his inclusion anyway.

Three tracks may not sound like enough to fully express all that this band have to offer, and perhaps that’s correct, one can only hope so. That sentiment just makes me even more excited for the next release from these masters of deathcore.

-ScuroFantasma



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ScuroFantasma
February 16th 2014



1590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

EP can be downloaded here (name your price): http://agerasia1.bandcamp.com/album/headlines

Digging: Monolith (CAN) - Voyager

Ending
February 16th 2014



1896 Comments


Pretty long review for a three track EP. So far I'm finding this to be kind of dull but your review was pretty good.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 16th 2014



6993 Comments


Quality review, get rid of the name tag at the end. I'll check this out on the morning.

ScuroFantasma
February 16th 2014



1590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys, I know it's a long one, I actually chose this in order to do a short review but that didn't go to plan.

And NocteDominum I know it's unecessary to add the name tag but I've been doing it since my first review, not sure why though

climactic
February 16th 2014



18725 Comments


you made this sound sweet and then i listened to the title track and it was some of the most terribad generic djent/deathcore ive evr heard damn

gd rev tho have a pos

climactic
February 16th 2014



18725 Comments


youre definitely friends with these guys lol

ScuroFantasma
February 16th 2014



1590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You'd think that I'd have been able to supply at least one name in this review If we were buddies. I just really enjoyed the EP, each to their own.

climactic
February 16th 2014



18725 Comments


guess so,, srry if i came off like a douche

ScuroFantasma
February 16th 2014



1590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah, it's all good

ericu03
February 17th 2014



161 Comments


Nice review. I need some new DMs, will check.

ScuroFantasma
February 17th 2014



1590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers

Nocturnal
February 17th 2014



1329 Comments


Masters of deathcore? Really brah? Listen to born of osiris, thy art is murder or fit for an autopsy. This band aint bad at all though just nowhere near the top of the scene or "masters" of the style.

Ending
February 17th 2014



1896 Comments


Deathcore as a whole is pretty boring if you ask me but its undisputed king is The Price of Existence by All Shall Perish.

Nocturnal
February 17th 2014



1329 Comments


Agreed The Price Of Existence is fantastic. But there are plenty of great deathcore artists if you look in the right places.

ScuroFantasma
February 18th 2014



1590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Nocturnal, I know 'masters' is a bit of an exaggeration, but it rounded off my argument. As for the bands you mentioned, i've heard Thy Art and Orisis not the other one, but they're both great bands. This is just really enjoyable, at least for me it is.



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