Aghora - _Aghora_
(Dobles Productions, 2000)
by: Adrian Bromley (
Where the fuck did this record come from? Right out of left field, I tell ya. Managing to incorporate the ways of The Netherlands' The Gathering and the now defunct progressive/technical outfit Cynic (go figure, as two members of that defunct band now call Aghora home), the Florida-based act are flying high in a world of technical ecstasy and emotional overload. This debut disc is a rock solid affair of metal mastery, not afraid to venture forth with diverse offerings to slow and/or quicken the pace at a second's notice. Singer Danishta Rivero's vocals work wonders over the rhythmic groove (thanks to Cynic alumni Sean Reinert and Sean Malone) and the hypnotizing guitar work of Santiago Dobles and Charlie Ekhendal. A must for any prog/technical metal junkie.
(article published 5/25/2000)
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