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Aggression - Fragmented Spirits

Fragmented Spirits
by VR at 16 February 2017, 9:50 PM

AGGRESSION was formed as INCARNATION way back in 1981 in the city of Montreal, Canada, before they changed their moniker in the year of 1985. They released a demo in the year 1985 and followed that up with a second demo in the year 1986. The band went about releasing their first full-length studio album, "The Full Treatment", in the year 1987. They received favorable reviews for both the demos and also for the album and quickly became a firm local favorite. The band went about playing shows all over Canada and expanding their fan base, which had grown considerably. The band has played with bands like ANVIL, CELTIC FROST, VOIVOD, AGNOSTIC FRONT, DRI, POSSESSED, among others. The band crumbled and imploded due to drug and bad decisions and by the year 1989, they were almost over and remained dead and buried until the Montreal Metal Massacre fest in the year 2005 during which the band re-united to perform. The band received offers to reform and Denis "Sasquatch" Barthe put together a new line-up and kick started this legendary beast into activity.

"At Play In The Fields Of Satan" is the first track of the album and is a short spoken word song that sounds like a priest of Satan himself officiating the demise of the human race with weeping sobs of a woman as the background. Ominous start indeed. Which leads us to "Chapel Of Horrors" and it breaks free with church bells going off and a heavy three-chord melody before the introductory riff makes the mood even more demonic. The track then launches at breakneck speeds and is set to gruff, guttural vocals. The middle part of the song is occupied by a slow deliberate melody and it speeds up and slows down intermittently. "Unleashing The Ghost" has a killer opening riff and it follows the trend from the previous song, speeding up and slowing down almost at will. The song includes a superlative guitar lead that is a hark back at Thrash Metal songs of yore. "Insanity Without Indulgence" is a short instrumental that has acoustic guitar s and angelic chorus set to demonic gurgling of human meat and it includes a burp in the end! "Furnace Creek" also begins with a brief acoustic melody and is backed by heavy power chords. The song is a Thrash Metal song with Crossover Metal/Punk Metal leanings. The song is rapid and the riffs compliment the singing and the mood of the song. It almost seems like the band decided to roll Thrash and Punk Metal in to one big Metal sandwich of a song and it works! "Strangulation Ejaculation" introduced to us with a breakneck twin chugging guitar riff is an example of how a song can sound awesome with two rhythm guitar attack. The song is set to demonic singing and has a Punk Metal vibe to it and is a hasty track. The final track is "Razamanaz" by the band NAZARETH and the band plays it fast and furious and shaves off almost a minute off the original although the vocals sounds like how Lemmy would sing it.

As soon as the second track hits its stride, once can come to the conclusion that this album is going to be a barn-burner of an album. The band plays as a cohesive unit and I liked the fact that they were an amalgamation of genres. This church bashing of an album has plenty for Thrash Metal fans as well as the Punk/Crossover Metal fans. The songs are original and its not very difficult to see this band being so influential all those years ago. The only downside, if there were any, are the vocals. They feel a tad tired in places and not up to the mark at times. Having said that, this is a commendable effort by a make shift band and one hopes that the band will carry forward its legacy and keep the flag of Canadian Metal flying high.

Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Memorability: 6
Production: 6

4 Star Rating

1. At Play In The Fields Of Satan
2. Chapel Of Horrors
3. Unleashing The Ghost
4. Insanity Without Indulgence
5. Halo Of Maggots
6. Furnace Creek
7. Dark Shadow Crossing
8. Strangulation Ejaculation
9. Evil Pox 2016
10. Razamanaz (NAZARETH cover)
Denis "Sasquatch" Barthe - Guitars
Ryan Murray Idris - Drums
Dave Watson - Guitars
Brian Langley - Vocals
Martin Meyer - Bass
Record Label: Xtreem Music


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