Distributor/label: Offense Records
Distributor/label URL: http://aghor.bandcamp.com/
Released: March 2014
Buy Album [URL]: http://aghor.bandcamp.com/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/aghorofficial
Alar – Vocals
Gates – Guitar
Rain – Drums
Mantas – Bass
3.Scream Divine Misfortune
4.Torch All Idols
5.Bound To Decay
9.Kingdom Of Flesh
Over the years, mixing Death Metal with Hardcore music has been very much the norm to give the most extreme genre of metal a wilder sound. I am no big fan of Deathcore which meant I was pleased to hear about the mixture of old school Punk Rock and early Hardcore with Death Metal when I discovered Estonia’s Aghor. The group is made up of veteran of the Estonian metal scene, who have now released their first album: NECROLIVONICA
Putting this album on, I was impressed with the rock n roll vibes of “Sculpting Sanctum” and “Delerium” which carry typical punk anger and makes catchy use of the double bass. However there are numerous breakdowns which don’t seem to fit in, and made me think of boring Deathcore music on more than one occasion. Thankfully “Torch All Idols” and “Underground Abyss” take a more aggressive approach and sound like Death Metal in its heyday. The later breakdowns sound similar to Suffocation which, for me, is where to look to know how to do a breakdown properly.
The blast beats aren’t too technical and the guitars are nicely distorted and deliver fine shredding. However, what I felt was the biggest let down about this album was the vocals. Vocalist Alar does sound angry but faraway, and the lack of a guttural growl doesn’t seem to blend well with the death metal arrangements of the songs. For a band with a lot of aggression, a death growl would seem fitting for this sort of release. The vocals do express the band’s anger at society well, but making them more vicious and guttural would do wonders for this band. There, I think, is the room for improvement.
Plus, the structure on the songs becomes quite predictable by the time you get to “Tyrant Obsession” and I knew what was coming next by the end of the album. Aghor have certainly fashioned their signature sound, but if it becomes predictable before the end of the first release, they may not draw in as many fans from as far and wide as they might have expected.
In all, it’s an album worth listening to, but could do with a lot more aggression to up the punk rock attitude these guys want to bring to Death Metal.
Review by Demitri Levantis