The Agonist – Lullabies for the Dormant Mind

OK, I admit it. I have a thing for growly female metal singers. Through some random Youtube video searching (I believe I was actually looking for Light This City videos – which reminds me, I need to talk about Stormchaser at some point), I found Canadian band The Agonist. I was hooked at one listen to “…And Their Eulogies Sang Me To Sleep”.

Lullabies for the Dormant Mind is their second studio release, and it is a very, very dense “metalcore” album. I personally think they’ve got a little of a melodic death metal sound to them, but that’s just me. A surprising amount of twists and turns rhythmically, with superb drumming throughout. I was fairly surprised to find quite a bit of clean vocals on several of the tracks, including an entire multi-tracked acappella version of “Swan Lake, Op. 20”, which is very well done. Singer Alissa White-Gluz is a fantastic growler, and her clean vocals are quite good. I imagine that’s difficult to keep up while touring.

Another surprise is the use of keyboards (although probably samples live). Keyboards are definitely hit or miss in a metal band, but the orchestral and choral stabs that punctuate the tracks flesh them out quite a bit, adding a perfect touch of creepy morbid beauty.

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