Background/Info: Five years have passed since the release of the last Agonoize album “Apokalypse”. The Berliner (Germany) formation calling themselves the ‘founders of hellelectro’ are back on track with singer and frontman Chris L (still involved with Darkness On Demand and being the new singer of Funker Vogt) and Falgalas (an old servant involved with Darkness On Demand and before Dance Or Die) plus Gerrit Thomas (Funker Vogt) taking care of the mastering, and also doing some additional programming.
Content: Agonoize hasn’t lost its initial power and rage. Both title songs reveal a powerful dark-(h)el(l)ectro approach. Especially “Schmerzpervers 2.0” is a hard-hitting piece driven by a terrific cadence and icy melodies. The enraged vocals of Chris L. only accentuate the feeling of horror emerging from the songs. The lyrics have been sung in German, but you might find some English words here and there.
Both title songs will also appear on the new album while “Bleed For Me” is a kind of exclusive B-side track featuring heavenly female chants. Both last songs are remixes. First there’s a remix of another new track by Funker Vogt and next a remix of “Schmerzpervers 2.0” by Centhron.
+ + + : Agonoize is back, but it all sounds like they never have taken a break. There’s a similar power and a kind of imaginary high degree of terror. The songs are well-crafted and both title tracks have a serious potential to get you into dance. I like the kind of sacred chants and background organ sound running through “Blutgruppe Jesus) and the overwhelming power and rage from “Scherzpervers 2.0”. Funker Vogt and Centhron both are great contributors for the remix part of the EP, but I have a preference for the punchy remix of Centhron.
– – – : “Bleed For Me” is not exactly a high light, but there’s no reason to complain when you get two cool title songs. I also expected a bit more from the Funker Vogt remix.
Conclusion: This EP is the perfect teaser to announce the new album of Agonoize!
Best songs: “Schmerzpervers 2.0 (Verlängert)”, “Blutgruppe Jesus (Absolution)”, “Schmerzpervers 2.0 – Centhron Remix”.
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