The Agony Scene
The Darkest Red



by BloodThirstyGuillotine USER (1 Reviews)
March 4th, 2006 | 47 replies

Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

The Darkest Red is an album poised to crack the contents of each and every spectator’s skull all over the floor. "We are really, really proud of this album," declares drummer (and co-founding member) Brent Masters. "When we wrote The Darkest Red, we weren’t taking much of an influence from anybody. We were just writing parts that felt good to us. “We put a lot into this record because we were trying to break away from being The Agony Scene that everyone knew."

The band’s self-titled debut (produced by Killswitch Engage’s Adam D.) was filled with promise, but admittedly saw them wearing their Swedish Death Metal and dissonance-soaked hardcore influences on their sleeves. It was a solid start... But with this new album, their first since reforming with a recharged lineup after a rocky breakup, The Agony Scene has fully come into their own. The Darkest Red fuses crusty-punk dissonance, crushingly brutal breakdowns, European metallic-harmony, a bit of melodic singing and pulverizing rhythms like never before. The entire proceedings have been injected with a disharmonic breadth and expansive destruction.

[Source: www.theagonyscene.com]

The Agony Scene is…

Mike Williams – Vocals
Brent Masters – Drums
Chris Emmons – Guitar
Steve Kaye – Guitar
Brian Hodges – Bass

They are a metalcore band with a sound that is different and unique from other metalcore and metal acts. Vocalist, Mike Williams, has a great screaming and growling voice, along with pleasant clean vocals. Drummer, Brent Masters, is one of the best in the business. Playing complicated fills, and using the double-bass numerous times throughout this album, he has grown to be a favorite of mine. Guitarists, Chris Emmons and Steve Kaye, usually play some simple riffs that sound sometimes like they are repeated throughout the album, but it seems to work, and it is definitely enjoyable. There are some complicated riffs here and there, and although there are no solos throughout the album, you can expect some solid guitar work. The bass played by Brian Hodges isn’t to audible, but when heard is very solid.

I think I’ll just go on to the track by track now.

Track by Track

1. Prelude (1:15)
No real reason to give a review on this. Good intro track.

2. The Darkest Red (3:50)
The first song off the album starts off with a couple of drum rolls by Brent Masters. Then the guitars and bass come in, starting the album off with a bang. The verse starts with Mike speaking the words, “I bleed this blashphemy, the sin that courses through my veins. It burns beneath the scars of my decay.” The madness doesn’t end with the verse and chorus. The bridge finds Mike yelling the words, “Feel me, breathe me, bleed me, I beg you.” The song never slows down, and is a great first track.

3. Scars of Your Disease (3:29)
Some crazy drumming starts this track off, with a guitar that is less audible. After a powerful verse, comes one of the coolest parts of the album. In the pre-chorus Mike yells out the words, “I am the hatred incarnate. I am the choked and dying screams. I am the sickness inside you longing for…” The chorus continues at a similar chaotic pace. The verse and pre-verse are then repeated, with different lyrics, followed by the chorus. The breakdown/bridge is another cool part from the album, ending with Mike near-growling the words, “I am the ever-forsaken, bastard child of your disease. Your dead and abandoned strung up for all of you to see.” This stellar song then ends with the chorus. The first of many perfect scores to come is this song.

4. Screams Turn to Silence (2:56)
This song can be heard if you go to their website which is shown above. This song continues with the album’s chaotic and fast-paced music. The intro includes some hammer-ons courtesy of the guitar. After the verse comes the chorus, which gives us our first taste of clean vocals from Mike, and he does it well. The intro riff is played in the background, along with a higher-pitched guitar that fits nicely, and contributes to Mike’s voice well. The song slows down a bit in the bridge, but then kicks right back into the chorus which is done in a slightly different flavor. Another enjoyable track.

5. Sacrifice (2:58)
The song starts off with a drum roll, with a slightly less audible guitar. The verse starts with Mike yelling accompanied with a pinch harmonic, that sounds pretty kickass. The verse in this song is extremely fast (no surprise). It then goes into a slightly slower chorus, but still powerful. In the breakdown we hear Mike speak the words, “In the eyes of our father. From the tears of our mother, shame…” He then screams those words continuously until the chorus. The chorus is done with a slightly different flavor, just like the track before, and the song ends on it. This track doesn’t really stick out as much for me, but it’s the simple things (like the pinch harmonic to start the verse, and the spoken part of the breakdown) that push me to give it a 4.

6. Prey (3:48)
This is another song that can be heard on their website, and in my opinion the best track on the album. This song also has a video. Song starts of with some really awesome drumming along with a cool little guitar riff, followed by the main guitar riff and some fast drumming. The verse is filled with double bass drumming and pinch harmonics, followed by a chorus with Mike singing cleanly. Mike’s vocals throughout the song are awesome. The bridge is really neat, slow, yet powerful. This song gets a perfect score from me.

7. Procession (4:36)
This can also be heard off of the website. We enter the song with Brent smashing on the cymbals, while some low-pitch chords are being played. The verse is really awesome in this song. The beginning of the verse has the guitars playing some chords and letting them ring. Then the verse slows done a bit, with the guitars playing pretty much the same riff, but not letting the chord ring on. Then the double bass comes in with the guitar playing some pinch harmonics. Another soft sounding bridge and an outro chorus end this one, much like Prey. The album is starting to get a little repetitive, with the same song structure again (intro, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, outro chorus), but that isn’t a problem so far.

8. Suffer (4:32)
This has a very metal-like intro with some fast-picking from the guitarists, some fast drumming, and a growl from Mike. The verse continues the mood with a guitar riff that is much like the intro, and Mike screaming powerfully. After a chorus that continues the pace that this album like to keep comes the intro, followed by the verse again. After the chorus, the song slows down a bit, with a bridge that features Mike singing in a very strange voice, “In darkness I close my eyes. A prayer to ease the pain. In silence I realize. The darkness will always…” Another chorus is followed up by some static, and other noises that end the song. A cool song, but it didn’t really stand out much to me.

9. My Dark Desire (3:49)
The song starts of with a guitar playing a nice little riff accompanied with the drums playing a beat that is heard on a couple other songs in the album. The vocals in this song are some of my favorite from the album, as Mike growls/speaks, “Her touch is intoxicating. She holds my heart within her hands. Unmerciful, she has become my everything.” After a heavy verse comes a chorus which has, in my opinion, the best clean vocals on the album. After a 2nd chorus and verse comes a dark little instrumental breakdown with some crazy drumming. Some pinch harmonics and cymbal bashing make this a neat bridge. This is followed by another chorus, which leads to some noise that ends the track.

10. Scapegoat (2:57)
This band is good at choosing singles. First Prey, now Scapegoat. A cool intro with a bunch of hammer-ons and pull-offs. The second part of the intro comes in with double-bass and a riff similar to the beginning of the song, but played by both guitars. This is continues throughout the verse. The pre-chorus is probably the coolest part of the song. The guitars slow down, and the drums keep rolling, as Mike says in a dark voice “Burn me alive. Burn me alive!” It all sounds very cool. The screaming is really powerful in the chorus. Then comes the breakdown, which is amazing, with some fast picking on the guitars part. This is another stand out track.

11. Forever Abandoned (3:15)
The final track on the album, and it closes the album nicely. The song is very fast-paced, thanks mostly to the drums. Mike screams in the chorus to this song, too, and he doesn’t disappoint. Then comes the bridge, where Mike whispers, “She tasted eternity. It’s kiss like a last goodbye,” which os the first two lines of the chorus. The song then goes back to the chorus, which is the final part of the song. The album ends with some noise followed by two voices talking amongst each other for about 5 seconds. This is a great song to end a great album.

Some very simple guitar work on the album, but sometimes, simple sounds best. The vocals and drumming in this album is amazing, and Brent Master’s is officially one of my favorite drummers. The bass isn’t very audible throughout the album, but when you can hear it, it’s very solid.

Some Cons:
-Bass isn’t very noticable.
-Gets a little repetitive.
-Guitar is simple at most times and repetitive.

-But sometimes simple is good, and why stop something that works?
-Incredible drumming throughout
-Mike’s vocals
-The instruments work well with Mike’s vocals.

This album gets a 4.5/5 from me.

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rising2anend (5)
The Agony Scene where do I start. Seriously this is a band that my stoner friend showed me one after...

BassDemon333 (4.5)
As heavy as it is melodic, The Darkest Red remains a gem of metalcore and the crowing achievement of...

ThyCrossAwaits (3.5)
They know how to use their instruments, but they don't know how to show it off....

CJMFAltman (4.5)
The Agony Scene really deliver on "The Darkest Red"...

Comments:Add a Comment 
March 5th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

My first review, I tried to make it unbiased, but it's a bit difficult. I hope to be able to do more than track by tracks later on, but this is what I got. Enjoy, and give some constructive feedback, please.

March 5th 2006


Great review, thanks for the contribution.

Definitely not my style of music though, heh.

March 5th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you, I plan on doing many more reviews, as I had much fun making this one.

Drove my dad and little sister insane with this blasting while I made the review, though. They're pretty stubborn though, they refused to go upstairs to watch TV and said they could handle it. :P

Anyway, as I said before, constructive feedback is much welcome and appreciated. Please tell me how I can improve on further reviews.

March 5th 2006


I think your review was pretty detailed.

I liked this album, I don't personally think it's a 4.5, but it's nothing lower than a 3.5.

March 5th 2006


I love you for doing this, I want it so badly.

March 5th 2006


Nice review man. Just tell me the truth, when you colored that one song title, did you get that from Pixesfanyo. If you did it's fine, because this was a great review.

March 5th 2006


Album Rating: 2.0

Very nice work. These guys aren't bad, but nothing amazing. Their first album was much better than this too.

March 5th 2006


Album Rating: 1.0

This album is confusing. They used to be tech metal and then switched to Roadrunner and now sound like tech metal - the tech + pop metal. Weird. Terrible album, especially in light of their almost enjoyable previous album.

March 5th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=beyondtheblueprint]Nice review man. Just tell me the truth, when you colored that one song title, did you get that from Pixesfanyo. If you did it's fine, because this was a great review.[/quote]

Yes, I did. Hope pixies doesn't mind, I just thought it was a great idea.

Plus, I used red, he used blue. BIG difference. :P

March 27th 2006


i completely agree with you. I couldnt agree with you more. just about everyband is better than slipknot though, so its not really saying much comparing them to slipknot.

March 28th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album, definately a must buy.

May 3rd 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

"Suffer...by far the best song on this alblum."

Meh. To each his own.

Maybe I just need to give the song more time.

May 3rd 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Lol, reading this review back to myself I'm noticing some stuff i wrote.

'Song starts of with some really awesome drumming along with a cool little guitar riff, followed by the main guitar riff'

Hehe...gonna need to work on that for my next reviewThis Message Edited On 05.03.06

May 10th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Great review but I have to disagree their drummer is amazing but Joey Jordison is fuckin nuts.

July 20th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

i was kind of let down, i read your review and was expecting more, nonetheless, its a good album, not as good as the other "metalcore" i like, but still good, IMO. i do wish that they would sing about something other than suffering and death, it gets a bit old, although i really like the lyric "i pray for the touch that takes away my breath" or something to that effect. great review, by the way, its quite detailed for being the first you did.

Phil Anselmo
August 7th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

Not as melodic as their self-titled, but all the more heavy! Great band!

August 19th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

Procession is Elite, I Really Love The Agony Scene's Music.

So thanks and well done.

September 27th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

debating between a 3 - 3.5/5 for this album, I just went 3 because it's nothing too special and I can only take so much of the vocals. But worth the money

March 31st 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

This album is very good, a little step better than their pervious one.

April 23rd 2007


meh, Prey was aight. I just don't think it really showcases this album as well as other tracks do like Scapegoat and stuff.This Message Edited On 05.01.07

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