The Hirsch Effekt
Holon: Agnosie


4.5
superb

Review

by Eggvander USER (3 Reviews)
May 27th, 2015 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: „Und es dürstet mich danach, nichts mehr zu spürn‘...“

They have been called a new hope for German progressive music ever since the release of their debut album Holon: Hiberno, which already displayed a plethora of different sounds, fusing indie and post rock with chaotic, face-melting hardcore and metal riffage . The follow-up Holon: Anamnesis refined and extended that sound, adding more guest musicians and implementing longer, more melodic arrangements.

The Hirsch Effekt’s third album takes us in another direction without leaving their characteristic sound behind. On this record the band is angrier than ever before and tears down walls, be it lyrically or physically. Compared to Holon: Anamnesis the sound is stripped down and focuses more on the essentials: Guitar, bass and drums. Especially the addition of new drummer Moritz “Mr. Moe” Schmidt seemed to have given the overall speed and groove a significant push and provides some smiles for the avid lover of blastbeats, start-stop riffs and perfect interplay with bass and guitar. Just listen to the title track and you will know what I’m talking about.

After a suspense building intro Holon: Agnosie starts off with Jayus, a wild beast, which takes no prisoners and rolls over you like a thunderstorm of intricate, technical riffs and time signature changes, which could be taken right out of The Dillinger Escape Plan’s discography. Infact, opening for DEP two years ago seemed to have quite an impact on the band’s sound, which is evident in songs like Bezoar. On top of that this song undeniably evokes a certain Between the Buried and Me vibe in its jazzy surf-rock chorus.

Previously released Fixum has one of the most memorable choruses the band has ever written, and nicely contrasts it’s heavy, dissonant riffage. Inbetween we have the dreamy Tombeau, which relies almost solely on a reverbed piano and Nils Wittrocks honest and touching vocal performance. The clean vocal lines on Holon: Agnosie are the best and catchiest the band have ever written and you can truly feel how the themes of restlessness, confinedness and the wish to escape your own mental prison are carried across. Be it the choruses of the title track or the predominantly clean voiced songs like Emphysema or Athesie, where the vocals sound reminiscent of late 90ies and early 2000s Emo and you can always feel the melancholy with occasional moments of hopefulness piercing through.

Especially in the 9-minute-long album closer Cotard this bittersweet vibe is audible. The song opens with a dissonant riff that immediately makes you think of Protest the Hero’s Bloodmeat, follows with a part of lush, twinkling math-rocky guitars and a chorus that will make fans of Kezia jump out of joy. Finishing in wide open riffs and powerful vocals, which tell a story about catharsis and letting go, this song showcases the bands ability to compose epic tracks that are not only coherent but also emotionally engaging.

This album is a riff-monster par excellence while still delivering a lot of heartfelt moments and I can’t disagree more when they close the album with the words “Was bleibt ist nichts” – (translated : “What remains is nothing”) because this album will definitely leave an impression as the best album the band has ever written and as one of the best records released this year.

Recommended tracks :
Agnosie
Bezoar
Clotard


user ratings (51)
3.9
excellent

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Eggvander
May 27th 2015


206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Kind of late to the party, I wanted to post this a while ago but never got around to it. Felt like the album definitely deserves a review. It turned out a little long perhaps, as I am not usually a fan of long reviews but I couldn't help it.

d00derz
May 27th 2015


116 Comments


Great review man. Summed up the album quite well. Pos'd.

Eggvander
May 27th 2015


206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man ! I was kind of torn between a 4 and 4.5 but opted for the latter because this album is quite unique and I really dig the lyrics (at least one benefit of being german haha).

Archelirion
May 27th 2015


6272 Comments


Have a pos man! Great review, really wanna check this out so I'll make sure I'll get on it first thing tomorrow.


Calc
Contributing Reviewer
May 28th 2015


16683 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

someone reviewed it! woot!

Archelirion
May 28th 2015


6272 Comments


For prog this is really very good. It's like if Strapping Young Lad were a prog group in parts.

TheSupernatural
May 28th 2015


2144 Comments


So excited to listen to this whenever I get around to it. Anamnesis kicked so much ass

graygalz
June 7th 2016


46 Comments


bezoar surprised me with its jazzy part in the middle before slowly, naturally turning it in heavier sound

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2016


12141 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Such an awesome band

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
July 15th 2019


12141 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

So apparently they have another full length close to completion.

kalkwiese
May 13th 2020


6308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

DIE LETZTE ERKENNTNIS

DES REIN LICHTERLOSEN PROZESSES HIER

AUCH DAS GEHT NUN VORÜBER

NACHDEM EEEES

IN FLAMMEN AUFGING UUUND

ICH MICH VON KOPF BIS FUSS REINIGTE

MIT DER ASCHE DAVON UND WAS BLEIBT IST

NIIIIIIIIICHTS!





Cotard is such a monster of a closer. The intro/outro bookends here are just anbelievibly good. It rivals the bookends of Anamnesis (which is their masterpiece imo)

gschwen
November 13th 2020


393 Comments


Giving feedback on the review: Albums should be italicized and songs should be in quotes. Italicizing songs, albums, and bands makes for a confusing read, even if contextually I could understand what you meant.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2020


12141 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I'm here for any Hirsch bump



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