If you are a fan of the Gothenburg extreme metal scene throughout the first decade of the 2000s, then I cannot imagine you not wrapping your knuckles around Agrimonia’s Rites of Separation.
And with members who have left their mark in bands like Martyrdöd, Skitsystem, At the Gates and others, you can imagine the quality of power that can emit from an album like this.
A few albums into their career which stemmed from forming in 2005, they recently signed to Southern Lord, a logically happy home for a band like this. It’s fair to say that they really dug into their sound and conjured up some of intense and creative aggro-metal.
The result is better than the band has concocted in the past. Not only do you have an intensity like nothing else this band has churned out, but you have a more vast and varied sound coming out of the Swedish group.
Looking at a few noble examples, at just shy of 11 minutes, the opening song is nonstop tornadic activity that leaves nothing in its path. You get lost in the whirlwind of sound and it feels like you are getting sucked into the ground. There is no mercy as far as this song is concerned.
“Hunted” draws more from a melodic mode of existential dramatic tones and isolation that only collapses into pure chaos.
You can understand that every song on this album is an epic adventure into the depraved. Only “The Battle Fought” is under seven minutes in length. The motives of the band seem cinematic and visionary in a modern gaming soundtrack perspective.
Rites of Separation is not just for casual listening. It’s like thick metal crashing down on you twisting every fiber of your being around to contort itself into a mega hammer of fury. Press play and become adrenaline bound!