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Agony Divine
Tomorrow Never Comes
Type: CD
Company: Independent
Release: 2003
Genre: Thrash
Reviewer: Josh Greer
Published: 9/15/2003
Early thrash with a angry dose of groove-induced hardcore
"HEAVY!" That was my first impression after first spinning "Tomorrow Never Comes".

It was only after repeated listens that I came to fully appreciate this demo. Coming in at only a little under 10 minutes, Agony Divine show no remorse delivering kick-ass, catchy, to-the-point dark Heavy Metal. If you're looking for a worthy death/thrash band, then look no further than Agony Divine who reminds me of an amalgam of Exodus/Possessed/Dark Angel/early Sepultura kicked in the face with an angry dose of groove-induced hardcore.

Screaming vocals accompanying lower death grunts, solid bass playing filling when necessary, catchy guitar rhythms and riffs and loaded with plenty of cymbal crashes to fulfill the listener until the full-length Agony Divine release. My only "complaint" would be that there are little to no guitar solos, but when I sit back and think about it, there really is no need.

From the accelerated fury of "Expansion", to the eerie intro to "Manipulation" into the bone crunching chorus, closing out with the more straight-forward "No Forgiveness", Agony Divine is Heavy Metal played none other than the reason for the love of the genre. "Tomorrow Never Dies" shows much promise from this "new" band of North Carolinians.
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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