Album: Morbid Embracement
Release: Releasing on April 14th 2012
1. Psychotic Mission of Death 2. One Final Mutilation 3. Submerge in Gore 4. Acrisia 5. Morbid Embracement 6. Blood Ridden Epitaph 7. Beneath the Frozen Depth 8. Maggot Infest
Let’s just start the review by admitting that it’s a good album, by all standards, for any debutants, though Cannibal Corpse influence can be heard in abundance both vocally and musically but despite this the album still succeed in holding the listeners tight and take them to a gory journey of electrifying agony.
Agnostic is a new Death Metal band hailing from the North Eastern Indian city of Guwahati and they will be releasing their debut effort ‘Morbid Embracement’ on April 14th. The album is full of ‘no nonsense, in your face Death Metal’ and the first track ‘Psychotic Mission of Death‘ just shows what to expect from rest of the album, a fast-paced assault with much needed breakdown mid-song make the song a headbangers delight.
‘One Final Mutilation‘ and ‘Submerged in Gore’ carries the assault further though the later has a few Cannibal Corpse’s Frantic Disembowelment shades in it, but nevertheless these two tracks are easily the better numbers off the release. A brutal dose of adrenaline injected into your veins that takes you in a state of self imposed delirium.
Acrisia, rather starts with a weird drum beats. I would rate this highly as it is some unique approach that the band has tried with their sound. The song takes the whole listening experience to a completely new direction. Morbid Embracement, well what can I say, sadly resembles too much similarity with that of Cannibal Corpse’s classic ‘Hammer Smashed Face’, roughly judging the talent that the band seem to have own, they could have done better than this.
The next two foll0w up tracks ‘Blood Ridden Epitaph’ and ‘Maggot Infest’ succeed in bringing the flow right back with some hard hitting infectious riffs and immensely angry growls. These tracks sums up the album for me because the last track ‘Beneath the Frozen Depths’ is a weird inclusion to the album and I just could not draw out any reasons why it was included in the first place, a track they could or should have easily do away with. An absolutely easy-listening ballad that has nothing to do with ferocious intensity of Death Metal. Some, listeners might like it though.
The recording and production seems good for a DM record. I would have preferred a live drum recording though.
Verdict: A very good album for a promising new band. Those who will buy it will not regret. Just wait for the official release.
You can listen to Maggot infest here:
Check out Agnostic here.