Thursday 13 December 2018

Review: Agon - Hollowed Lake

Hollowed Lake is a debut full-length effort by Miami, Florida based one-man atmospheric black metal band Agon.
Something really positive has to be the fact that every single instrument partaking in Hollowed Lake has an equal atmosphere-evoking role because the outcome wouldn’t be the same if something was missing, everything blends beautifully together in the final mix and thus what you get is a sound vision of an ominous world.

The vocal lines vary a lot in this album, we have ecstatic screams that never fail to escalate the emotional charge of the songs, sounding intense and powerful or more desolate at times. The guitar work is either lurking a little bit behind the keyboards or comes to the forth in a loud way, evoking an obscure sense of melody in the overall epic atmosphere; well-conceived and well-expressed ideas overrun the whole album and summon bitterness in the air along with the keyboard melodies/symphonic passages. The keyboard has an intense epic tone, creating powerful surrounding medieval atmospheres, presenting a more melancholic and wailing face at times, offering variety in terms of emotional aesthetic. As for the drumming, it’s bombastic, really powerful and ground-shaking, lending a marching sense to the overwhelming epic feeling that is always vivid, pacing in an unerring way with the compositions and completing this first chapter by Agon.
Hollowed Lake is available from Bandcamp. Follow Agon on Facebook and Instagram.

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