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It took four albums, but Antigama finally did it! They reached their potential completely!
I have not heard the debut, so I don’t know how that compares. Discomfort was a strange album that was haphazard and a little chaotic. Then came Zeroland, which was pointing Antigama in the correct direction, but it was ultimately too short, although it kept fans craving for what would come up after that. Then this one, Resonance, is their magnum opus (at the moment). They’ve taken everything that made them good and crammed it into one awesome album, without having potential listeners reaching out for the skip button.
For starters, the production here is excellent. Everything is clear, and no one element is hidden or exposed too much. Having a sound that’s not too grating on the ears that they’re basically being exfoliated in the process is always a good thing. Not to mention that they chose a good length for the album, and didn’t leave it too undersized, which plagued Zeroland, which would’ve been a great album had it had more meat in it. 32 minutes here is a good length…not over-staying its welcome, not leaving too early.
The biggest change is the drumming, as they have more of a central role in the music than they have before. It sounds like the drummer has had more additions to his kit, because he uses a lot of smaller toms frequently (from careful listening, there’s probably three smaller ones next to the normal toms). There are a lot of drum breaks around, particularly the second half of the album. The most noticeable instance is the small tom drum solo in “No,” where the music stops, but the drummer keeps it going. The same drum breaks are present in “Seismic Report,” “Psychonaut”, “Asylum,” and twice in “Stars.” In fact, the drums are used as an outro to the album, which is a nice inclusion.
The riffs here are simply better, as well. There’s a lot of stop/start action, which I absolutely love, in “Pending” and at 0:09 on “By And By.” “Psychonaut” is a much slower song with a repeating riff that goes for the whole song, yet it doesn’t feel tired or overused, and it works well with the slow drums. It’s a good break after the insanity that preceded it. The riffs are a lot catchier and stick in your head much longer than they did on previous albums, which can only be a good thing for Antigama, as their writing abilities have reached high potential here.
The vocals are mean as shit. They always were, to be honest, but they are on a different level here. His growling has gotten better along the way, and they’ve reached their best levels here. Unfortunately, he left the band before Warning was released, but these are some great vocals. They definitely give the music an aggressive edge. There are some vocal “lines” present, if you could call them that, on “Pending” and “Asylum,” which are in tandem with the guitars. Whether they are from the vocalist is unknown, but they sound strange and oddly fitting.
It took a while, but I’m glad that Antigama finally realised the potential they had in the band and created this masterpiece. It is one of my favourite death/grind albums, and is the album by this band that I reach for most frequently. It blows all their other material out of the water, and will more than likely remain their best album of their careers, although I hope I’m wrong.