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VICIOUS CIRCLE - THE ART OF AGONY Neoblast Records

Track Listing

1. Dead Scent
2. Neurotic Reminders
3. Lord of Shit
4. I Remain in Filth
5. Live Long and Suffer
6. Phantasia Through Agony
7. Triple Murder Suicide
8. Phantom Pains
9. Unfullfillment
10. Wishing the Djinn Away
11. Spiritual Deformity
12. Written in Flesh
This is a new band to me but their bio says they've been around for more than fifteen years. Where the hell have I been? "The Art Of Agony" is one of those albums that just grabbed my attention and never let it go. A crisp, razor-sounding production helped the frantic, ever changing tunes jump right out of the speakers. Short bursts of "lead riffing" abound on here backed by super, beefy sounding rhythms. Just so much going on without becoming overbearingly technical that I am in awe at how they pulled it off. I love the high speed soloing and well placed use of staccato string plucking all led into battle by a perfect mix of inhuman death/thrash vocals. Man, how much more must I praise this album before you click off this review and seek this disc out!?! Easily contends for my "unknown band of the year" and it's only March.


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--Axeman 03.14.05













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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The Art of AgonyVicious Circle
2005
Axeman3/24/2005


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