Lullabies For The Dormant Mind
23 February 2009
by Luke Morton
Sounding like a brutalised Arch Enemy stuck in a blender with Tarja Turunen, The Agonist are what female-fronted metal is all about. Alissa White-Gluz can easily out-scream most metal vocalists and also sing with true emotion, this talent has been showcased perfectly with the rest of the band throughout the album.
‘The Tempest’ is the song Nightwish wish they could make. Despite the vocals sounding strained at points the track lets you know what you’re getting yourself in for – pure, balls-out, heavy metal! The album obviously takes influences from some of the big name metal acts, the groove metal element which Lamb Of God are infamous for can be heard throughout the album – noticeably in ‘When The Bough Breaks’.
Despite the music being vocally driven, the band themselves are definite technical musicians with a heavy edge. The drum work is mind-blowing, blast beats annihilating your ear drums and guitaring to pulverise your brain leaves you thankful for the brief interlude of ‘Swan Lake, Op. 20 – Scene, Act 2, #10’.
Watch the video to ‘Lullabies For The Dormant Mind’ by The Agonist
The a cappella version of Tchaikovsky’s classic is a great way to let your mind recover after the constant barrage of noise, although you are half expecting a drop B guitar to come crushing into the mix.
Lullabies For The Dormant Mind is a metal album with a difference. Alissa’s unique vocals mixed with the rest of the band is definitely worth a listen if nothing else.
The Agonist – Lullabies For The Dormant Mind tracklisting
The Tempest (The Siren’s Song; The Banshee’s Cry)
…and Their Eulogies Sang Me to Sleep
Thank You, Pain.
Birds Elope with the Sun
Waiting out the Winter
Swan Lake, Op. 20 – Scene, Act 2, #10 – Tchaikovsky ( A Cappella )
When the Bough Breaks