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Angoixa - Distopia Digital Award winner

Distopia Digital
by Laura Glover at 17 May 2022, 11:18 AM

Metal is such a diverse thing; with many subgenres, and coming from many places. The beauty of metal is its ability to blend poetry, lore, war tales, emotional ballads, lovers' words, rage, and pain. Yet, metal becomes cathartic within itself. Some metal is written as a statement; whether political or sociological. ANGOIXA is such band, a band with a message to tell. ANGOIXA is a Barcelona, Spain based Death Metal band, born on the scene in 2014. Raging against the rise of the machines, the album “Distopia Digital”, rails hard on the takeover of the screen, and the digital universe we live in. Everyone is always lost in a screen and with our eyes diverted the world goes by unnoticed. We miss out on time with our families and friends. We miss out on real fun, with tangible memories. The more “connected” we become, the further we stray from each other. ANGOIXA relies heavily on an artful blend of deep, low, and growly vocals and touches of melody in the riffs. “Distopian Digital” is sung entirely in Catalan; and even with its touches of melody within, still manages to be old school as well.

Desolació” - Comes at you with a slow start; doom and death, morose and entwined with contempt. Vocals growl out in angst as lonely guitar notes rise and fall in sweet agony. “La crisàlide” - Touches of Death and Doom. Spectacular, and somehow soothing, guitar littered amongst classically growly vocals. “Regne de sang” - Faster in pace, with drums playing a nuanced dance with guitar for an artistic and passionate mix. Not sacrificing in heaviness, the vocals reign with a depth and richness of tone. “Monstres” - The intro to this song is my favorite. Deceptively, it sounds like it opens with keyboards. However, it is actually guitar and is phenomenal.

ANGOIXA is a force to behold, offering a truly masterful album; “Distopia Digital”. An album whose rises and falls lured me in for a love affair with sound. Yet expressing a sentiment I can agree with, that we spend too much time in front of a screen. I think I am going to add this album to my playlist and call it a day, you should too. You’ll enjoy, I believe.

Songwriting: 10
Musicianship: 10
Memorability: 10
Production: 10

5 Star Rating

1. Desolació
2. La crisàlide
3. Regne de sang
4. Els oblidats
5. Monstres
6. Distopia digital
7. La presó dels pensaments
Robert – Guitar, Vocals
Hector – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Oriol – Bass Guitar
Mario – Drums
Record Label: Independent


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