Agathodaimon - _Chapter III_
(Nuclear Blast, 2001)
by: Vincent Eldefors (8.5 out of 10)
If you like black metal and find Dissection to be one of the best bands ever to walk upon this earth, then the German/Romanian band Agathodaimon should be right for you. This is a band that has developed a very atmospheric and unique form of black metal with acoustic interludes and beautiful melodies, but also plenty of great metal riffs and aggression. Another surprising feature on this third album from the band is the presence of some very good clean vocals, providing a nice contrast with the rougher elements -- which are of course the most prominent ones. If you are just looking for some fast and furious black metal, then you don't have to worry either, because that can also be found on this disc. Black metal in a very simple form is not difficult to play, but it is very difficult to make it sound interesting and only a small number of bands manage to pull this off. Agathodaimon is one of them and in my humble opinion they are without a doubt the best German black metal band at the moment. Production and sound quality are also impressive. If you want to listen to some remarkable and unconventional black metal, then this is a great album to check out.

[Adrian Bromley: "While black metal at heart, there are a lot of complex ideas and musical arrangements making up this atmospheric metal outing. Most black metal enthusiasts will probably liken this band to Dimmu Borgir or a band of similar ilk, but those comparisons, while warranted, are not really close to the real deal. A good album for the most part, _Chapter III_ proves that Agathodaimon are on the right path to keep their listeners interested and to help keep themselves from going stagnant -- or worse, sounding like the hundreds of black metal clones going around in circles."]

(article published 1/14/2002)


ALBUMS
5/31/2004 J Smit 6.5 Agathodaimon - Serpent's Embrace
1/16/1999 P Azevedo 7 Agathodaimon - Blacken the Angel
DEMOS
4/13/1998 P Schwarz 5 Agathodaimon - Near Dark
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