Premiere: Agos – Death To All False Oaths
Dive in for some Hellenic, death flavoured black metal.
Agos was formed from the vision of former Acherontas guitarist Enkwald – hereby knows as Van Gimot, in 2014. Their name derived from the ancient word meaning “Miasma” or he who has been cursed by the gods themselves. Although Agos was to feature no other musicians besides Van Gimot, it was joined by Astrous, who ought to be familiar to Toilet-readers from Aenaon, as a lyricist and art director. Aonian Invocation comes fresh on the heels of his departure, the last to feature his contributions. Agos does share the foundation of black metal with Van Gimot’s earlier work, but lacks the ritualistic approach of Acherontas as well as the abundant melodicism of Virus of Koch – instead i’s grandiose in scope, majestic in presentation and heavily flavoured with death metal.
“Death To All False Oaths” is the albums shortest song, but unlike that may make you think, it’s not just a straight-up rager. Sure, in the album’s context that is the role it fulfills, lacking the choirs and other “grandiose” influences, apart from a short vocal section near the end. It is, however, more intricate than that, going through shifts in tempo and mood, even including some slight hints towards Hellenic melodicism, amplified with a brief vocal section.