Christ Agony

Elysium (Metal Mind Productions)
Enslain Magazine Issue #7
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An unusual combination of genre and country, this Polish black metal act introduces different sounds than one would expect from either. I would apply the term "black metal" very loosely on Elysium, for though it is dark and evil, it's also heavier, more melodic, and more progressed than one would expect from said terminology. The songs show a lot of vision, blending catchiness and moshability with technicality, making for a consistently dynamic release. Though the CD has its weaker moments, there are hidden surprises all throughout the release that make it worth listening to. After over a decade of establishing themselves, it's about time Christ Agony got some much needed recognition. -- Lady Enslain