The latest offering from Antagonist A.D at first listen felt like it was missing something vital. The more I listen the more I’m feeling it though. 5 very short songs make up ‘Old Bones Make New Blooms, all tasty little morsels that would set a mosh off.
Homesick – straight into it, with some tweaky electronic fx and steady basslines from the rhythm section, coupled with the trademark evocative vox. Short song at 1:17, sets the tone.
D.W.T.S – bit more of a hook on the intro, and some very nice quick gax solos. Thrashie pace, somewhere near ‘brutal gallop’.
Europe – power axe hooks lure you into a real mosh song, complete with chantable lyrics and headbanging pace riffs. Heavy enough for the centurions, hard enough for the moshpit. Feeling something tangible out of this track. Favourite so far.
Same Old Story – Similar hook from track 3 here, used again very effectively as it fits in real nice. A bit of backup vox used to good effect in this track to mellow things out, without losing pace. Finger tapping boot stomping track.
Death Traders – Rapid tempo and drawn out chords, reminds me somewhat of Cavalera, and somehow Anthrax. Nice dropping chewy riffs around the chorus, and some nice distortion on the outro.
Back to you in the studio.
New Zealand hardcore heavyweights Antagonist is back with new album: We Are The Dead and new name: Antagonist A.D.
ElevenfiftySeven is proud to be releasing the brand new full length album We Are The Dead on the 6th of October in both New Zealand and Australia via Melbourne label Trial & Error. This sophomore album follows 2006s’ celebrated release ‘These Cities, Our Graves’.
Antagonist A.D formed in late 2004 but after trading members & gaining direction a new redux saw the light the following year. 2005 was a dark year for New Zealand hardcore with prominent bands breaking up, crucial venues being lost & key promoters bowing out. Antagonist A.D pushed on and quickly made a name for themselves as an extremely hardworking band and breathing new life into the local hardcore scene.