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Antagonist A.D. - Old Bones Make New Blooms EP Review

06 Jun 2011 // A review by CEOMong

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.
CEOMong

 

About Antagonist A.D.

Taking a different approach Antagonist A.D.’s music and message could be described as 'Modern hardcore with old school ethics'. It's raw metal core at its purest and sincerest. Not watered down or compromised in any way. Antagonist A.D. delivers the frantic intensity of hardcore, while utilising a heavier edge.

Lyrically the band speaks of the cancerous nature of western culture, the infectiousness of apathy, its symptoms & consequence, the exploitation of animals across the world, for pleasure, science, fashion or food. With topics ranging from social & political commentary to the brutally honest self-retrospect and analysis. Simply Antagonist A.D.'s words are full of venom, conviction & passion.

Antagonist A.D. has not only toured New Zealand consistently but also Australia, South East Asia including Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, The Philippines and Japan touring with locals and internationals to name a few. Most Precious Blood (USA), Have Heart (USA), Parkway Drive and Carpathian (AUS).

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Releases

Haunt Me As I Roam
Year: 2015
Type: Album
Nothing From No One
Year: 2012
Type: Album
Old Bones Make New Blooms
Year: 2011
Type: EP
We Are The Dead
Year: 2008
Type: Album
Distance
Year: 2007
Type: EP
These Cities, Our Graves
Year: 2006
Type: Album

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