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December 2004
Released: 2004, Self-released
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen

Agnosys (formerly Amalek) hails from France and the fivesome plays melodic Death Metal, reminding me of the early Gothenburg style, created by bands like At The Gates, Ceremonial Oath, Sacrilege and the like. You know that specific style which was loved by so many back in the day and is hated and cursed by even more people nowadays. Or so it seems anyway...

I must admit it was very refreshing to get a hold of Agnosys’ self-financed mini-CD as I found all the four songs on it impressive due to similarity to those bands I mentioned. It sounds like these Frenchmen have firmly stuck to that early nineties Gothenburg –era, done their very best with some of coolest elements in it as far as the band’s music goes and probably even thanked themselves for achieving something this entertainingly ear-warming for EQUILIBRIUM. It’s like you could almost put your finger into some certain parts of their song structures and say, this or that part has straight been ripped out from this or that Gothenburg act, but in my opinion this is an advantage rather than disadvantage for them. Some of their familiar riffs, use of certain melody lines, Maxime’s strong yet very impressive and effective vocalism ... they all have this strange tendency to catapult my thoughts back to the roots of Gothenburg’s scene. And there’s nothing wrong with that because these days bands offer utterly watered-down sounds of a way too overused bundle of simply boring elements that do nothing for me. So in this sense particularly, Agnosys is a godsend to everyone who has lost interest in the Swedish Death Metal scene in general. Quite an impressive stuff in here indeed...!!
Track Listing

01. Equilibrium
02. Lethal Path
03. Eternal Torments
04. Beyond Time


Maxime – Vocals
Stephane – Guitar
Genric – Guitar
Julien – Bass
Fabrice - Drums

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