Agatha Crawl


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Insolence is the debut album from heavy metal handlers Agatha Crawl. Filled with depressing, dark songs focusing on the usual self-hatred and anti-authority themes, the album is very in tune with the alternative metal scene. Creed-style ballads like "Feel This" sit next to goth-tinged monsters like "Inside of Me," with all of it sounding radio-ready. Although the band sounds quite sincere, they also can't help but sound quite unoriginal. Their efforts are respectable, but almost every song sounds like another artist could have easily penned it. Without the distinct voice they need, they fail to captivate the listener. A good comparison would be the second-string thrash metal bands who followed behind Metallica and Slayer. Although they definitely had a strong sound, few people would choose Forbidden or Death Angel over those two bands back then. This is the same scenario; these guys aren't making bad music, they are making derivative music. What this band needs to do is develop an original voice and try to add their own stamp on the genre. But this album is not where that happens, making it hard to recommend to anyone but dedicated metal-heads.

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