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AGADOR SPARTACUS – ‘Agastonishing’ Review

AGADOR SPARTACUS – Agastonishing

Agador SpartacusBased in the Ruhr area of Germany and Hamburg, Agador Spartacus have released two EPs so far and play a mix of punk, alternative and “post-something rock.” Their 3rd EP, Agastonishing was released on January 14th and contains seven tracks packed with creativity and energy.

The twenty-five second opener “D” is a post-apocalyptic, doom laden percussive introduction that morphs into Living Slow/Dying Hard with a slow, plaintive spoken/sung vocal that explodes into a soaring lead vocal and post-hardcore, math-punk complexity combining big bass guitars, reverb enhanced chords and is dominated by the powerful vocals throughout.

On Mere Superstition (Black Collar Overalls) a rhythmic opener reverts to bass, drum and vocal verses and the tension builds with duelling vocal treatments and a rocking chorus that juxtaposes nicely with the stripped back verses. Agador Spartacus, as their name suggests, do not deal in understatement, the songs are epic in scope and production and on Escape Artist’s Son the intricate beats continue, the range gets larger as the vocals add an urgency and more aggressive tone to the rocking effort.

The guitar chords that introduce Me And The Making set up an energetic track that barrels along with power, precision and pace leading to the penultimate song, Tetris and the pace is increased and intermingles with those sophisticated sections that are slower, post-hardcore in feel and very hard to categorize.

The EP closes with My Beautiful Mind and this is the stand-out track for me as it combines a beguiling riff with some excellent rhythm section work and huge vocals to craft a super package of melodic hardcore with emo tinges and no shortage of power.

Agador Spartacus are very good at what they do and you can check them out here:

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