Agony Scene, The
Buy this album? Get Damned
So disappointed was I after listening to the third full length release from the Tulsa, Oklahoma quintet that I won't beat around the bush and will give it to you bluntly. Get Damned is one of the worst and most pointless albums to be released in 2007. I hate to say it as I am a huge fan of their album The Darkest Red, which showcased an original sound that no doubt inspired a lot of today's metalcore releases. But if I didn't already know better, I'd be guessing that Get Damned was just a sub standard rip off of The Darkest Red from another band.
Get Damned is a metalcore release everyone's heard before. Fast, rhythmic riffs that pound through a song without the need for solos or timing changes, double kick drums that follow the structure of the guitar and vocals that are buried in the instrumentals during production, giving them a dull sound. Not that it particularly matters. The vocals are forgettable and repetitive, only being broken for the occasional attempt at an anthemic chorus. Unfortunately this doesn't work as the production makes no compromise and the energy of the chorus is missing in action. The only real chance at salvation for the album is in concluding song Old Scratch, displaying clean, crisp vocals and atmospheric guitar that hovers below the surface. But all this is not enough, as one decent song in eleven is no ingredient for repent.
The Agony Scene have proven twice before that they are more than capable of releasing strong music that pushes the boundaries of the metalcore genre, but Get Damned just points at the fact that they need to find an element to add to their metal to make it evolve. Or maybe they just got writers block, forcing them to write an uninspired cup coaster. Regardless, the album is a dud and below the standard of an already proven band.
(Century Media Records/Stomp)
More from Agony Scene, The
- Darkest Red, The [review]