Agos – Aonian Invocation

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: http://satanath.com
Released: 2018
Buy Album: https://satanath.bandcamp.com/album/sat208-agos-aonian-invocation-2018
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/agos218/

 

Band line-up:

Van Gimot – Conjurations of Resurrection & Sorcery Echoes

Tracklisting:

1. Through the Strait Messina
2. Mardyahor
3. Trojan Desolation
4. Death to All False Oaths
5. Devourer of Men
6. Where Three Roads Diverge
7. Glorious Return

Review:

Agos are a black/death metal band from Athens in Greece, who are on Satanath Records. The name Agos (not Argos) is an ancient Greek word, meaning ‘miasma’ or alternatively, ‘the one who has been cursed by the Gods’. The band’s lyrical themes are based on death, mythology, Sumerian civilisation and the occult. Their debut EP, ‘Irkalla Transcendence’ was released in 2015, and their first full length album ‘Aonian Invocation’ was released in 2018.

Their music certainly depicts someone being cursed. If you are even the slightest bit familiar with black or death metal that will come as no surprise. With Agos, you get the evil sounding guitars that are tremolo picked, the evil shouting (that is more on the side of death than black, here) and the blast beats. All very cliched, like a watered down version of Nile. However, with these guys, you also get tortured and rather miserable Arabic style singing from what seems to be a trained musician. It would be nice if she played a bigger role in the music with her cleaner melodies, because there is only so much of the same one can take. Having said that, there are also some interesting atmospheres created by Middle Eastern percussion, pitched instruments and more modern ambient synths. Again, they don’t feature as much as may be desired.

The music on the whole is very powerful and rich sounding, but its lack of experimentation in structure perhaps makes it more ‘fun’ and ‘moshable’ rather than serious with a longer lifespan. (Though there are some parts in 7/4 to watch out for). Agos are kind of reminiscent of Bolt Thrower, in that they both come up with relatvively basic ideas that are strangely addictive and tasteful (in a DM way, of course). However, Agos don’t seem to have quite the same knack for classic riff writing.

In conclusion, everything is put together well and it is enjoyable to listen to, but the more creative parts of the material are somewhat neglected. Furthermore, Arabic scales and chord progressions are nothing new in this style of music and they are quite milked with Agos. It’s not as if there are no other scales out there. Megadeth’s Marty Friedman used all kinds of crazy Japanese and other exotic ideas. Why can’t most DM/BM bands? Aonian Invocation certainly has its charms and it’s very easy to get into with its exciting, polished production style, just be warned.

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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