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Agnosis : Demo 2004

This demo is all about breaking through the musician/listener barrier and getting to know the maniacs behind the music. These New Yorkers probe your psyche's sore spots with thoughtful metal, free of cliches or pretension. Afterwards you feel like lighting a smoke and buying them a beer, cause these guys are putting it on the line with total honesty, and that's just too damned rare these days.

Agnosis's dense music is an ever-changing blend of underground metal, 'Vol. 4'-era 'Sabbath, thinking man's tuneage from Louisiana (Acid Bath), NWOBHM vocals, hardcore, and Alice in Chains-goes-obscure grunge. The sound quality is decent but not great. 'Sharpening the Axe' starts things off, a driving 'Sabbathy tune with plenty of rhythmic changeups. The clean vocals are excellent, a real strong point for the group. The guitar solo is creative, but needs some work. 'Leaky Faucet' is punkier, with vocals reminiscent of the NWOBHM. 'A Kick in the Ribs While You're Down' is the most professional-sounding on the disc, with infectious doomy riffage... at least for the first minute or so, before their trademark changeups and meter shifts kick in. It's all good though, and the dirty Staley-esqe vocals don't hurt.

One thing's for sure; these dudes are earnest about what they do. Their anti-poser stance is the triumph of substance over style. True, they need some tightening up and polish, as most new bands do. But if I lived in the New York City area, I'd search these guys out in whatever underground venue they're in, just to hear some honest music done with passion and conviction. BTW, their first release was called 'Welcome to the Monkey House'. Anyone into early Vonnegut can`t be all bad, right?

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Sharpening the Axe
2. Leaky Faucet
3. Doom (The Fallout)
4. A Kick in the Ribs While You're Down

Duration : Approx. 16 minutes

Visit the Agnosis bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
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