The Agonist – Five Review

the-agonist-fiveRemember what I said about The Agonist’s last release Eye Of Providence, and how they’ve reached a new high with it? Well, they’ve only gone and done it again, as they’ve managed to make Five even better. Is there no limit to what this band can achieve…?!

Five is another fantastic album from the band, consisting of thirteen tremendous tracks (and a kickass bonus cover song!) that will get your head banging along to them before you know it. Each of the songs are memorable in their own way, and you will definitely want to keep revisiting them.

Vicky once again gives a stunning vocal performance and it feels like she has always been a part of the band, giving both powerfully aggressive and beautifully emotive clean deliveries to an extremely high standard. An early highlight comes in energetic and fast-paced fourth track The Game, with some points seeing clean and harsh vocals combined – it really gives the track an extra punch in addition to the in-your-face drums and powerful wall of guitars!

A surprising highlight comes in the form of the acoustically-driven number The Raven Eyes, which sees the band take a different approach with a solely melodic performance. It’s perhaps not what you’d expect from a band known for their heavy and hard-hitting music, but The Agonist have really made this song work for them and if you don’t have goosebumps after listening to this, then there’s something wrong!

All in all, an absolutely excellent listen. The Agonist have outdone themselves again – this is an album you won’t be forgetting in a hurry.

10/10

About Natalie Humphries 1834 Articles
Soundscape's editor, who is particularly fond of doom, black metal and folk (but will give anything a chance). Likes to travel to see bands abroad when she can. Contact: nathumphries@soundscapemagazine.com or @acidnat on twitter.

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