April 16, 2024

Agonoize – A Vampire Tale (EP – RepoRecords)

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Genre/Influences: Dark-electro.

Format: Digital, CD.

Background/Info: “A Vampire Tale” is the second EP taken from the last year released album “Midget Vampire Porn”. The sixth full length by the German masters of (h)el(l)-electro is probably their best and most punching work to date. “A Vampire Tale” also was one of the best cuts from the opus so it’s a quite logical choice to release it as title song. Next to the revisited title song, the EP also features three exclusive cuts, three remixes and a very special cover version.

Content: “A Vampire Tale” perfectly symbolizes the album the song is taken from; a hard-hitting song in the purest dark-electro style of Agonoize. Power, melody and harsh vocals are the major aspects to understand this winning sound formula. Next comes a cover version of Prodigy’s mega-hit “Breath”. The song is meant as an ode to Keith Flint who passed away in 2019.

The two new songs are more heavy cuts in the truest tradition of the band. “I Just Want To Live” sounds pretty Suicide Commando-like while “Requiem” reveals the band at its best. The last song left is a calm piece, sort of break.

Remixes have been accomplished by Intent: Outtake, Vanguard and Diverje, which each took a song from the album.

+ + + : This is the kind of EP I totally support. Next to the title song and a few remixes by well-chosen artists you also get 3 exclusive songs and a little extra, which is a Prodigy cover. Agonoize no longer has to confirm they belong to the top of dark-electro standards! Their music is not only powerful, but worked-out and always danceable. Two from the three exclusive cuts could have found their place at the album as well. Among the remixes I especially like the pop touch on the remix of the title song by Vanguard while Diverje did a great job as well remixing “Weltenschmerz”.

– – – : The cover version of “Breath” is cool, but I think this song will get more reaction in front of a live audience. The new song “The Fall” is the only ‘filler’ from this EP although a way to bring some rest in this heavy production.

Conclusion: This EP is an absolute must have, a pretty cool addition to the album and a production the dark-electro lovers are going to like! Agonoize rules!

Best songs: “I Just Want To Live”, “Requiem”, “A Vampire Tale – Blutdurst”, “A Vampire Tale – Vanguard Remix”.

Rate: (8).

Artist: www.facebook.com/AgonoizeOfficial

Label: www.reporecords.de / www.facebook.com/pages/RepoRecords/119590774857404

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