WEAPON – FROM THE DEVIL’S TOMB – AGONIA
The cover artwork for the new (Canadian) Weapon album could belong to either Slayer or Cannibal Corpse with its bloody colours of red, velvet and brown, but aside from a devotion to extreme metal, the bands do not copy one another. The band hails from Alberta, but do not expect them to chew hay, gnaw on tobacco or espouse retarded cowboy mentality. These guys are as extreme as Morbid Angel or Vital Remains.
The band begins the album with the title track and an Eastern melody, but aside from some more of the same on Sardonyx, this is a brutal album with heavy crunchy riffs, lots of speed, bass-tilting sound and grunts from hell. The band undeniably has the riffs to fill the album and its long-ish songs. The group is on the inventive side of things and does not skimp on the content. Unfortunately, however, where this Weapon falls apart is in the song-writing department. Lost occasionally amidst the riff shuffle is the art of the song – as opposed to compiling riffs, as good as they might be. The song is typically de rigueur unless the band is of the noise or grindcore variety. This is even more odd given Weapon’s devotion to Morbid Angel. The title track’s vocal patterns are, for example, clearly patterned after David Vincent on Altars Of Madness. The guitar solos are an oddity. They are proficient and well composed on one occasion and oddly simplistic and Bathory-like on the next track. The occasional lack of song structures and the brief appearance of keyboards lose the band marks. The speed, depth, violence, evil vocals and brutality gain Weapon more than enough points.
The favourite track here has to be the aforementioned Sardonyx with its crazy blast, impactful break and grunt, challenging picking and its gruesome lyrics. Weapon delivers credible ritualitic death mystic metal. Let us utilize the last remark for a reference to London, England-based Weapon. Those guys are a true Weapon. – Ali “The Metallian”