Released: 2014, Hammerheart Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Iceland's ANGIST are now re-releasing their 2011 EP Circle of Suffering through Hammerheart Records, along with two bonus tracks taken from the band's promotional demo. The band play a very traditional take on classic Death Metal that draws influence from MORBID ANGEL, DEATH, IMMOLATION and ENTOMBED, just to name a few. On some instances, though, there also seems to be a Doom Metal vibe to some of the slower arrangements, as well as a tendency to use guitar melodies that may remind some of MY DYING BRIDE and PARADISE LOST, evident in songs like "Silence" and the middle parts of "Godless".
For a five track EP, there's lots of variation to be found in Circle of Suffering, as the band like to infuse some technical stuff into their songs as well. Vocals are of the low-growl variety, courtesy of guitarist/vocalist Edda Tegeder Óskarsdóttir. The opening title track immediately throws listeners into the dark world of ANGIST. Either playing fast or slow tempos, the band achieve a nice obscure atmosphere through its choice of arrangements. The production on both sets of songs is clear, yet with a dark edge which aids the band in creating a nice ambience throughout.
If ANGIST ever manage to record a full length release, this is evidence that audiences of old school Death Metal should not pass it up. I also hope that the band continues using this style of production, as it suits their material so well. Overall, a nice EP that definitely deserved to be re-issued, and is now available for anyone who is interested in a nice slab of classic Death Metal.