Agressor
Towards Beyond


4.0
excellent

Review

by Madbutcher3 USER (79 Reviews)
October 15th, 2011 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As proggy death/thrash goes, this is one relative unknown that can dish out some punishment.

Agressor's second album is one of the early highlights of progressive death metal. Before Cynic more or less laid down the blueprint for following acts to follow with their fusion influences and clean vocals, other early forays in the genre generally had different fundamental components. Pestilence had rather more traditional "progressive metal influences" with melodic synths invading tracks like Twisted Truth, but here Agressor opts for an approach comparable to the existing progressive thrash bands and other early death metal groups like Nocturnus.

Primeval Transubstantation opens the album up with one of the more straightforward directions of any of the tracks present. The extremely dry production nevertheless gives reasonable weight to the riffs, which soon spiral into wild freakout runs that lead it towards feeling out of control. The Fortress utilizes some of the robotized vocals that would later be popularized by Cynic, but generally sticks to a death/thrash template with additional progressive elements in the riffs. Where things really open up is with Positronic Showering which opens with unusual time signatures that lead to an intensely off kilter feeling largely unlike the standard death metal of the rest of the track. Album highlights Antediluvian and The Crypt act in similar vain, with the relentless thrash riffs generally incorporating unorthodox scale runs and tonality rather than great deals of melody or synths.

The prime exception to the musical rule elsewhere on the album is the closer Future Past/Eldest Things, which opens with a lengthy folk intro before quickly transitioning into by far the most stately and melodic song of the album, rarely clocking into the full tilt blastbeats and lightning fast tremolo picking of the other tracks. Whilst not really progressive in the same sense of the other tracks, it makes for an excellent and epic closer.

Whilst usually not quite neatly arranged enough to be a true death metal must-listen, Towards Beyond is jam picked with great riffs with enough in the way of bizarre transitions and tonality to stay fresh throughout its run. Not quite as progressive as the albums that followed from other bands, it manages to pack the frantic intensity of Hellwitch into a meatier package with enough spice to stay enjoyable throughout.

*Re-written 22/09/17*



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Madbutcher3
October 15th 2011


1903 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Uhh, something's gone very wrong here. Can a moderator sort this out? This is a review for Towards Beyond, by this band.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2011


7605 Comments


I reported the problem in the site forum.

The mods will fix it.



:edit:

good review, pos.

I will most def check this out, since it is influenced by Voivod.

Digging: Fleurety - The White Death

Madbutcher3
October 15th 2011


1903 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

As I said, it's only a slight influence, as it has a similar kinda spacy feel, but it doesn't have the same dissonant guitars.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2011


7605 Comments


Fair enough.

This sound, which you described in the review, was always intriguing for me.

KILL
October 15th 2011


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fuckin m/

KILL
October 15th 2011


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fade is pissed

Madbutcher3
October 15th 2011


1903 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@RiffOClock



I mean in comparison to other European countries it had a much lower output of metal. As it was, Gojira was the first French metal band I'e heard, and that's probably the same for most people.

Madbutcher3
October 15th 2011


1903 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lawl

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2011


21997 Comments


Only ever heard this bands debut but it's excellent. will give this a a listen

ShadowRemains
October 15th 2011


24829 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh yeah this rules



and the cover of Turkish March is awesome

Madbutcher3
October 15th 2011


1903 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, pretty damn fun song.

TheNotrap
October 15th 2011


8633 Comments


My fav still remains Neverending Destiny

Dark Power is a killer track

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seedofnothing
October 16th 2011


3425 Comments


legit fuck yeah diggin the track two, however neverending dest... sounds mmmmmmmmmmmmm

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 11th 2012


21997 Comments


this album is okay but their debut is much better. there is far too little cohesion here for this to be considered excellent

KILL
April 21st 2012


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fuck u



the crypt m/

Atari
Staff Reviewer
April 12th 2013


22700 Comments


6 ratings wtf band rules

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