AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED - Agorapocalypse
LABEL: Relapse Records
YEAR: April 20th, 2009
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Relapse Records
Besides a lot of splits, 7", remix CD's and various other items Agoraphobic Nosebleed's most recent full-length album Frozen Corpse Stuffed with Dope was put out in 2002. I don't know if it's because it has been that long, but Agorapocalypse is very different from the bands other efforts. Some people will hate the change of direction, but I like it.
The music is not conventional and straight forward grindcore. Scott Hull & Co take parts of hardcore, thrash metal and grindcore and create something that is nonconforming. The bands other efforts were extreme and dogmatic and Agorapocalypse is also extreme and in your face, but in a more mature and interesting way.
Diversity is a big part of the music and the band master everything from the slow and heavy to the fast and anarchic. The bass is audible and often allowed a lot of room in the songs. It adds to the variety of the music. The same do the triple vocals. These are done by Jay Randall, Richard Johnson and Katherine Katz and all three add their part to make Agorapocalypse a vigorous effort. I like the way that the harsh and shouting type of vocals are mixed with death metal growls. It makes the songs all that more interesting.
The drums are made on a computer, but you don't notice this at all. Scott has done a first-rate job on the drum-machine. There's even a drum solo on "Question of Integrity". Some of the fans will dislike the realistic drumming as it's different from what the band has done so far, but I don't mind that the drums now sound more like a human drummer than a machine. It makes the music feel untreated and is also something that set Agorapocalypse apart from the Americans other works.
Songs like "Dick to Mouth Resuscitation", "Moral Distortion" and "First National Stem Cell and Clone" illustrates that Agoraphobic Nosebleed today is much more than a drum-machine and 20 second songs. Agorapocalypse is anything but your common grindcore - it's an explosive concoction of the extreme, the inventive and the compelling.