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Antagonized - Intense Perversion review


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Band: Antagonized
Album: Intense Perversion
Release date: March 2010

01. Intro
02. Antagonized
03. At The Final War
04. Cynical Developer
05. Intense Perversion
06. Venomous Incineration
07. When Death Comes
08. Witches Suffering
09. Witch Hunt
10. Coronation Of Our Domain

Death metal
Recorded: Insomnio Studios, Panama 2009
Total Running Time: 33:13

Quick question: what's so special about Panama? Nothing? Well, hold on to your ass.

Things you didn't know about Panama #1: metal bands around there sure as fuck can kick the ever-loving shit out of someone with just a debut release.

Let us be clear, Antagonized are running amok all over this debut album. After an excruciatingly superfluous intro the band descents into sweet mid-paced-to-fast-paced death metal chaos. The band will be corrupting your ears with a tsunami of ravaging riffs, making the songs practically indistinguishable from each other. On certain moments I do have a problem with the higher-pitched guttural screams though. Those are harsh but often not ballsy enough for the overall performance.

Things you didn't know about Panama #2: people from Panama know people... dangerous people.

For this release, Antagonized worked together with Alex Marquez of Malevolent Creation fame, who co-produced the whole thing, laid down some raw powerful drumming and, altogether, delivers some pure death metal goodness. Marquez' drumming is quite prominent and also pretty essential for the whole concept. So yeah, good call.

Things you didn't know about Panama #3: metal bands don't bullshit around when it comes to album titles.

When a Panamanian metal band names an album Intense Perversion, you know exactly what that means, exactly what they're up to and exactly what you're getting into: crudeness, rawness and trivialized brutality.

PS: there's also an excruciatingly superfluous interlude somewhere called "Witches Suffering", that's about the only track that doesn't really live up to its name.

Things you didn't know about Panama #4: album recordings take place in an alligator-infested sewer in downtown Panama City.

So yeah, maybe the production isn't topnotch. On the other hand, this gives the record some kind of unpolished and even vulgar touch, capturing a sort of old school feel, I guess. So maybe it isn't such a terrible thing after all.

Antagonized in a nutshell: you won't see this band shitting any Grammy's for Best Metal Performance any time soon. But you know what though; I heard worse before... a lot, lot worse. Antagonized are cool in my book, and they have what it takes to put Panama on the metal map.

Written by Thryce | 04.05.2010



Comments: 8   Visited by: 102 users
05.05.2010 - 17:09
Troy Killjoy
for the lack of a Van Halen reference. I like the alligator image though.
Prettier than BloodTears.
05.05.2010 - 18:02
LOL. nice review..but I think I'll pass..
Freeze! Step away from the hubris.
05.05.2010 - 22:44
What a cover art!
05.05.2010 - 23:50
Now thats what I call a review! The instumentals are good, the vocals do throw me off at times but overall Antagonized is off to good start, all there is left to do is wait and see what becomes of this band
06.05.2010 - 04:21
Edmund Fogg
Well this album looks lpike it was made in the beginning of the Death scene.Pretty sure the purist will love it.Not my cup of tea.
You cannot sedate all the things you hate - MM
The Observer is the source of reality - Bloom
God damn it!! What did Diddy didn't do? - Satan
06.05.2010 - 11:52
I've heard a couple of songs, sounds above average. Now the problem is that this is probably the only release you'll see by this band ever, why? because in Panama there's no such thing as a metal scene, and of course no support for this music.
On the other hand is a miracle that a band from Panama release an album because that never happens. Right now there are only 2 active metal bands in that country which are Antagonized and Equinoxio, the other ones ceased to exist.
So, for the guy who said to see what does this band becomes in the future the answer is: they will not become anything, this is going to be their only release so enjoy it if you like it.
09.05.2010 - 05:07
Of course there are more active bands in Panama. The support thing, i agree with you. There's not such thing as scene, promoters or record labels but i think if the bands keep on doing the right thing for themselves, someday we'd probably see or listen more from Panama overseas.

check these few out:
18.05.2010 - 09:22
Thanks for the support. This not our last album. Our full length album is available on ebay, And we have one cd autographed by Alex Marquez.
Thank you very much! ForstAldst Antagonized

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