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All Tomorrows - Sol Agnates

All Tomorrows
Sol Agnates
by Dave “That Metal Guy” Campbell at 22 July 2015, 10:18 PM

ALL TOMORROWS is a Progressive/Technical Death/Death Core outfit based in Santiago, Chile. This is the band’s second full-length release, and contains nine tracks. The title song kicks us off. The sound is dark and powerful, but the song structure is surprisingly traditional and the drums do not overly dominate the landscape as they can sometimes do in this genre. Vocally, we are hearing Death metal but again not overly deep or abusive. The instrumentation is just perfect. It is difficult to make this kind of genre breathe, but they do it well. “Undying Seasons” is a little swifter and perhaps a little more technical in the way the guitar and bass work with the percussion. But, they do not allow it to drown in an overly complicated mess. The vocals hit really hard in this track, as well. “Eidien” is the third track and is a little more out of this world, as the title suggests. The chord progressions hint at mystery and intrigue, but are still delivered with a lot of punch. The haunting lead guitar in the background adds to this feeling. Adding some diversity to the album, “Fivers Vision” features an acoustical opening and some great rhythmical arrangements. I love how they can unleash the Progressive/Technical aspect of their sound at will, but to not allow it to necessarily drive the overall sound. This song has a nice chorus and interlude section as well. “Burnt by the Call of the Bleak” is another winner. The tentative opening segues into an unconventional and dissonant main riff that chugs along in a heavy rhythmic pounding. This is an example of the more extreme nature of the genre while still maintaining a semblance of order. “Immanence” has a more accessible main riff that has a more familiar melodic quality to it. I really like the way this track is put together. It dances around you but never quite settles into a predictable pattern. “Ophidian Vibrations” has a sparkly opening that takes advantage of some outside sounds, and a push and pull between slow, brutal passages that feature the bass, and more speedy, guitar based riffs. Closing the album is the song “Union.” There is a quiet, slow build up before the anguished vocals enter the fray. More than anything, the slow and powerful sound is tormenting in nature. There is also a long fade out, and this is a fitting piece to close the album. Sometimes I am really surprised to hear something, where the genre description gives me a pre-conceived notion that didn’t necessarily come true. Label it what you want, but in the end this is just a very well done album. The Technical/Progressive elements are there but the band does not allow that to take center stage or cloud the songwriting. Sure, they have definitely mastered their instruments and the synergy is very tight, but they focus more on the creation of a strong sound over what can sometimes be mindless over-performance. They also present a nice diversity from track to track and are not fit to push just one sound forward. I think the appeal of this album would be quite wide in the Metal world, and I would ask that you give this a listen!

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Sol Agnates
2. Undying Seasons
3. Eidien
4. Fivers Vision
5. Downpour
6. Burnt by the Call of the Bleak
7. Immanence
8. Ophidian Vibrations
9. Union
Lineup:
Pepe Lastarria - Vocals, Guitars
Ramon Pasternak - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Oscar Arenas - Bass, Backing Vocals
Pablo Marinez - Drums
Record Label: Independent
     


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