"Agony's Lament" (Crash; 2003)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

It's always nice when an album starts off with a bang, and this Soulless CD does just that with "Bleeding Darkness," a breakneck-paced, Swedish death metal homage. The rest of the songs are more of the same: full-on, lightning fast thrash that many bands from Sweden have brought back into the spotlight. But "Agony's Lament" also offers a nice thread of old school stuff like Kreator and early Slayer running through songs like "The Soulscythe." 

The real question is this: Are you up for a 33-minute, unrelenting metal assault? If the guitar outro solo in "Terror of Twilight" can't make you say yes, then you're not all the metal fan you could be. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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