Antigama – The Insolent (Review)

AntigamaAntigama are from Poland and play Grindcore. This is their seventh album.

This is the follow up to 2013’s album Meteor, and I can’t quite believe it’s been 2 years since that album first made its presence felt.

I always enjoy Antigama’s work. Their Grindcore is definitely a mature and individual take on the genre and they always manage to throw in a few surprises.

Opening with a blood-curdling scream, the band proceed to become savagery incarnate and rip through 33 minutes of weapons-grade Grind like their lives depend on it.

This is no mindless Grindcore beast though. This may be utterly savage and vicious but there’s a keen intellect at play behind the scenes, arranging and organising the carnage.

Atypical riffs and brutal melodies abound, hidden within the chaos of the songs. It’s relentlessly harsh and utterly compelling. The album flows well from beginning to end and the entire thing is impressively delivered.

They can also be surprisingly atmospheric when they put their minds to it. Out Beyond is a good example of this and also features the most experimentation on the album. The final track The Land of Monotony is also notable in this regard; a longer song featuring rougher semi-clean vocals at the start and a more Doom-oriented approach.

Antigama’s music mixes an intelligent and unusual approach to the genre, from the Punk-passion of Napalm Death to the kind of modern Grinding assault that The Red Chord do so expertly.

Rather than mellowing with age, The Insolent, if anything, seems that bit faster and more angry than normal, and this is from a band who are already pretty fast and angry as it is. These tracks have more of a dangerous edge to them than normal, as if the band are seriously near the point of breaking and channelling their collective rage into their music is the only thing keeping them in check.

This is a focused rage, however, and a highly controlled one. Antigama know when to let loose but are more than capable of showing composure and discipline, albeit in a controlled-fury kind of way that the average person would still find intimidating.

This is complex brutality for a refined palate. You’ve gotta love music that’s made with real passion and skill. Antigama are still at the top of their game and show, once again, how Grindcore can be more than just speed and aggression.

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