Agony Defined

BY Denise FalzonPublished Jun 10, 2013

Formerly known as Necropsy, Baltimore, MD-based death thrashers Noisem unleash their debut LP, Agony Defined, via hometown label A389. These kids (really, the members are between 15 and 20 years old) offer up a raw and manic amalgamation of '80s thrash and '90s death, combining the styles of Slayer and Kreator with Morbid Angel and Cannibal Corpse. The 25-minute Agony Defined is an unrelenting attack of speed and aggression, as "Voices in the Morgue," "Birthing the Bestial" and "Desire and Disgust" are a whirlwind of vicious riffs, fret board-shredding solos and harsh vocals. However, Noisem aren't afraid to stray from this formula, as "Severed" and "Split From the Inside Out" feature slower passages, gang-style vocals and heavy breakdowns that add some variety to the release. And, at their age, the skilled musicianship displayed throughout Agony Defined is impressive, to say the least. With such a strong debut, Noisem are set to take the underground extreme metal scene by storm.

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