Tracklist1. Timelord Zero (Chronovore)
2. Agorapocalypse Now
3. Timelord One (Loneliness Of The Long Distance Drug Runner)
4. Dick To Mouth Resuscitation
5. Moral Distortion
6. Hung From The Rising Sun
7. First National Stem Cell And Clone
8. Question Of Integrity
9. Timelord Two (Paradoxical Reaction)
10. Trauma Queen
11. White On White Crime
12. Druggernaut Jug Fuck
14. Flamingo Snuff
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Agoraphobic Nosebleed are an intense, over-the-top, multi-vocalist drum machine grindcore group spearheaded by Pig Destroyer mastermind Scott Hull.
For the handful of you still reading, that should be enough information to know whether or not you’re going to love or hate this album. Best known at this point in their career for their split with Converge and “that album with over 100 tracks” (the surprisingly effective Altered States of America), Agoraphobic Nosebleed have successfully carved out their own personal niche in the extreme metal world with an impressive collection of splits, 7”s and handful of albums.
Drum machine bands are typically cast aside thanks to the inhuman sound imposed by the mechanized percussion of said bands. However, with advances in software and recording technology, drum machines handled with an attentive and tasteful touch have the ability to be just as convincing as their human counterparts. While Agorapocalypse does utilize a drum machine, you’d be hard-pressed to find moments where it interferes with the listening experience. In the past Agoraphobic Nosebleed was content with concocting the most in-your-face, blistering drum sound possible at speeds up to and beyond 1,000 BPM. Agorapocalypse, however, finds them turning back the dial ever so slightly in a move that most listeners will openly embrace.
Formed in 1994, the band’s experience is apparent throughout the entirety of the record. The aforementioned attention to the drum sound is a major step in the right direction, as well as the decision to craft a cohesive collection of songs that don’t necessarily end as quickly as they begin. With only two songs under the one-minute mark, Agorapocalypse is easily the most accessible record the group has created. With a little added length to each song, the group finally gives listeners something to sink their teeth into before ripping into the next track. I would say that the group has matured since their recent move to Relapse Records, though track titles like “Dick to Mouth Resuscitation” and “Druggernaut Jug Fuck” put that notion to rest fairly quickly.
At the end of the day, Agoraphobic Nosebleed are a drum machine band for better or for worse. While they’ll never sell a million records, and most likely won’t even appeal to the majority of metal fans out there, they know how to do what they do well and continue to do it as convincingly as ever. Agorapocalypse won’t be an album that you listen to every day, every week, or probably even every month. That said, when you’re craving something that the standard musical fare just can’t satiate, there’s nothing out there quite like Agoraphobic Nosebleed.