Antagony - _Antagony_
by: Brian Meloon (3 out of 5)
Antagony are a death metal band from California, and this is their first demo. Each of the four songs on this demo begins with a long sample and then turns into standard death metal. A lot of the music is quite slow and plodding, though they break into several fast parts as well. They tend to do this a little too often for my tastes, as it breaks up the flow of the songs. The riffs are pretty standard fare, and there isn't a lot to differentiate these guys from the throngs of other bands that have done the same style. The vocals are shout-screamed in more of a black metal style than the traditional guttural/grunted death metal style. The musicianship isn't bad, but the drumming seems to be a little off in some places. Other than that, the playing is fine, but not exceptionally challenging. The production is decent, but could certainly be better. All of the instruments are audible, but the mix and tones aren't particularly good. Overall, I think these guys need to work some more on creating their own identity. The music is competently performed, but ultimately not much different from every other band playing this style.

Contact: Antagony, 470 Edinburgh Cir., Danville, CA 94526, USA

(article published 15/6/1999)

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