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AGATHOCLES / CAUSE OF DIVORCE

Split

Format: LP

Label: Wooaaargh!

Spielzeit: 18:45

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Über die belgische Mince-Urgesteine AGATHOCLES noch irgendwelche Worte zu verlieren, sollte eigentlich nicht nötig sein. Seit 1988 grindet sich das Trio durch den Untergrund und hat weit über hundert Veröffentlichungen in allen Formen und Farben auf dem Buckel.

Der größte Teil davon sind Split-Releases wie aktuell die 10“ mit den Aachenern CAUSE OF DIVORCE. Die neuen AGATHOCLES-Songs sind wie die alten: roh, minimalistisch und gar nicht mal so sehr schnell.

Damit entsprechen sie original der ureigenen Definition von Mincecore. CAUSE OF DIVORCE gibt es nun auch schon mehr als zehn Jahre und aus dem Nebenprojekt dürfte mittlerweile eine „richtige“ Band geworden sein.

Zumindest sind die Aufnahmen der CD-EP „Pax Palinkarium“, die hier erstmals eine Vinylveröffentlichung erfahren, gut gemachter politisch motivierter Grind, der perfekt zu AGATHOCLES passt.

Ollie Fröhlich

© by Ox-Fanzine / Ausgabe #125 (April/Mai 2016)

http://www.ox-fanzine.de/web/rev/98898/reviews.207.html

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AGATHOCLES / CAUSE OF DIVORCE

Album Title: 
Agathocles / Cause Of Divorce
Release Date: 
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Distribution: 
Review Type: 

In the grim darkness of the far future there is only WOOAAARGH! “!;,,;!´´

WOOAAARGH are a German Grind label which searches for the better acts that try to depopulate our filthy globe. On March 26th 2016 I uploaded a first review for this label (actually it was Skullhouse that did send me that EP, but it’s a joint adventure with e.g. WOOAAARGH), and some other ugliness will follow for sure. But first things first, and that concerns a split with Cause Of Divorce and Agathocles. The release is available on ‘regular’ black vinyl with a heavy sleeve, and including the lyrics and liner notes.

One side gets raped by Belgian combo Agathocles, which you’ve probably never heard of before… This is their 999thsplit contribution; on March 29th 2016, for your info, I did write and upload a chronicle for their split with De Blenders(Legs Akimbo, the parent label of higher mentioned Skullhouse, by the way). Here the band, once again, teams up with their known blend of punkish Grindcore, grinding Metal-injected Punk, and no-nonsense f*ck-you elegies. I think the introduction, the sample, is quite ‘unique’, haha, and for one reason or another I seem to experience more ‘melody’ this time??? Really??? Really! Yet then again, the no-nonsense, fart-in-the-bottle attitude remains maintained, with sardonic laughs and napalmdeathian or brutaltruthish I-don’t-care-shit-on-you magnificence. No, seriously, once againAgathocles bring their typifying blend of Punk and Grind, lacking of modernistic gimmicks, spitting on trendy escapes, and one cannot but appreciate this pertinacity.

Cause Of Divorce from Germany are presented with their material from last year’s Pax Palinkarium recording. That noise was registered in the city of Aachen in early Spring 2015 (‘spring’; do you hear the little birds singing? I do not either). The band ‘claims’ to be adepts of Belgium’s Agathocles, and for a part there are comparisons, i.e. the punky attitude and the no-nonsense performance. The six (short) pieces on this split-album breathe the essence of Punk-injected Grindcore, added with a groovy execution and, above all, a monstrous production. The balance in between grooving melodies and blasting outbursts reeks of joy, and hey, isn’t that what we need within this scene?

70/100
 
http://concreteweb.be/reviews/agathocles-cause-divorce
 
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Agathocles/Cause of Divorce- Split

Grind your face off

Over the course of Agathocles’ career it has been fairly easy to keep track of their full lengths, as they tend to be spaced out over the course of several years. Splits are a different story, as any given year might find the band releasing twenty or more on different formats. But whenever you do come across one, it’s usually safe to assume that Agathocles is going to deliver more abrasive, old-school grind and whoever they’re sharing a split with is a group worth paying attention to. This is the case with the Cause of Divorce split, which introduced me to these German grinders while offering plenty of killer material to take in.

 

Agathocles’ side has four songs in total, and unless you’ve somehow just discovered grindcore for the very first time you should have an idea of what to expect from their contribution. This is hardly a bad thing though, as Jan Frederickx has had over thirty years to get his style almost down to a science. The current incarnation of the group has been together since 2012, and they have good chemistry that shows through the material. My Ride Goes On kicks things off with a lengthy sound clip from The NeverEnding Story before mid-tempo abrasive riffing and crunchier drumming takes over. Agathocles strikes a good balance between all-out blasting and tempos that recall grind’s earlier punk influences on this material, and there’s enough substance to give listeners plenty to latch on to. Jan’s vocals are still one of my favorite elements, as his growl has this commanding presence that never fails to make an impression. It’s also worth mentioning that the production values for this split are quite high, with the instrumentals keeping a raw, old-school style while still providing enough clarity to pick out each individual element.After Agathocles’ side ends, it’s time for Cause of Divorce to take over.Their side of the split serves as a vinyl reissue of the ‘Pax Palinkarium’ EP which came out on CD last year. This split served as my introduction to the German band, and they were able to make a strong first impression.Cause of Divorce keeps things shorter than Agathocles, with the majority of the six tracks sticking around the minute and a half mark. These shorter track lengths are used for a mix of faster blasts and slower breaks that wouldn’t sound out of place on a crust punk record (Mental Burdenin particular incorporates quite a bit of these influences). It’s a good mix of old-school influences that is able to provide more variation than one might initially expect, and the regular switch-ups between these slower sections that incorporate some bleaker tonality and the intense blasting helps the material to stand out. The vocals come through as a mix of lower growls and higher shrieks, with regular trade-offs between the two pitches extending the range the band is able to cover.For a group that releases so much material on a regular basis, Agathocles never seems to disappoint. Their contribution to this split has some heavy hitting riffs and intense vocals, and the crunchiness of the recording is quite appealing. Meanwhile, this should also give some much needed exposure to Cause of Divorce, who are able to deliver their own take on old-school grind that adds some darker tonality and atmosphere into the blasting. Check this one out.

Author: Chris Dahlberg

“http://tometal.com/review/agathocles-cause-divorce-split/”

 
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Agathocles / Cause of Divorce – Split

http://echoesanddust.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/AGA_COD_10inch-wpcf_300x300.jpgBy: Gavin Brown

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Released on March 13, 2016 via WOOAAARGH Records

In a career that has lasted over thirty years and literally thousands of demos/albums/splits/7 inches etc, it is great to see that cult Belgian grindcore (or mincecore as the band themselves would have it) maniacsAgathocles still sound as raw and vital in 2016 and this split release with brutal German grinders Cause of Divorce is as raw and intense as well as vital as it gets.

Agathocles kick things off with ‘My Ride Goes On’ and after a lengthy sample, the grind madness explodes and doesn’t let up for the duration of the split with both Agathocles and Cause of Divorce blasting through their tracks with aplomb.

Agathocles don’t let up after that furious opening and completely tear through their tracks with typical unhinged glee, with the furiously raw ‘Zie Mijn Gelaat’ and the more punky grind of ‘Emptiness’ being particular highlights and just shows that over the past 30 years, the band have honed their grind assault to perfection.

http://echoesanddust.com/2016/03/agathocles-cause-of-divorce-split/

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Freitag, 26. Februar 2016

Angehört: Agathocles – Cause Of Divorce “10 Inch Split”

Nach längerer Zeit haben wir mal wieder eine Kooperation für euch. Eine Split voll mit 18 Minuten Grind- und Crustcore von zwei Bands, die aus unterschiedlichen Generationen stammen. Seite A gehört AGATHOCLES. Die Belgier, die seit 1987 eine urwüchsige Mischung aus Old-School Grind und Straßenpunk (oder kurz Minecore) spielen, haben gefühlt mehr Splits und EP aufgenommen als die gesamte Crust-Szene Englands innerhalb der letzten 30 Jahre. Auf der anderen Seite finden sich die Aachener von CAUSE OF DIVORCE, die treuen Lesern ein Begriff sein dürften. Gemeinsam bringen sie es auf insgesamt zehn Songs, die es wert sind, angehört zu werden.

“My Ride Goes On” ist der Titel der A-Seite und gleichzeitig der erste Track, mit dem AGATHOCLESden Reigen eröffnen. Ganz Grindcore: gibt es hier erst einmal 90 Sekunden Sample-Action (scheinbar ein Zitat aus “Die unendliche Geschichte”), dem nur knappe 45 Sekunden Raserei folgen. ‘The Only Judge’ ist mit drei Minuten im Anschluss der längste Titel dieser Platte (es folgen danach fast ausschließlich Songs, die unter zwei Minuten liegen). Dieser Song unterscheidet sich abgesehen von der Länge nicht vom restlichen Programm. Ein kratzig-kehliges Organ, das von einem stumpfen, verzerrten Rock’n’Roll-Beat und schepperten Drums begleitet wird. Ist das kreativ, originell oder anspruchsvoll? Scheiße nein, natürlich nicht! Aber ich liebe es trotzdem. Das sind Kompositionen wie sie auf der Klassiker -Kompilation “In Crust We Trust” stehen könnten! Eine herrliche Scheibe, auch wenn es einfache Hausmannskost ist, aber dafür besonders schmackhafte.
“Pax Palinkarium” heißt die zweite Seite und gehört zu CAUSE OF DIVORCE. Die Krustengrinder aus dem beschaulichen Westen NRWs spielen eine Old-School Core-Kante, die vor allem Fans von NAPALM DEATH, NASUM und ROTTEN SOUND ansprechen dürfte. Die blastenden Beats sind präzise und schlagen gleichzeitig ein wie ein Hagel aus Mörsergranaten. Sänger Marc growlt und screamt sich wie wahnsinnig durch die sechs Tracks, die abseits von ‘Mental Burden’ nicht länger als 100 Sekunden andauern. Wie auch schon bei anderen Releases der Band stimmt hier das Mischungsverhältnis aus metallischer Brutalität und punkiger Attitüde. In Sachen rotziger Verkommenheit kommt man den alten Hasen von AGATHOCLES sehr nahe, auch wenn die Belgier mehr Gossen-Feeling auf sich vereinigen können. CAUSE OF DIVORCE ist es mal wieder gelungen einen hochkarätigen Curst- und Grind-Bolzen zu veröffentlichen, der in dieser Qualität in Deutschland nur selten zu finden ist. Für mich persönlich gehören sie auf jeden Fall zu europäischen Champions League der extremen Cores.
 
Alles in allem lohnt sich die Split für jeden Fan der genannten Referenzen. Wer kompromislossen Old-School Grindcore will, sollte hier nicht lange fackeln. Die 10″ Vinyl EP ist auf 500 Stück limitiert und wird ab dem 13. März bei Grindfather Productions, Wooaaargh Records, Aktiver Aufstand In Plastikund
Doomed To Extinction Records zu erhalten sein. Greift zu, wenn ihr die Eier dazu habt – das hier ist nämlich kein Easy-Listening und erst Recht keine Scheibe für Lappen, die bei hartem Core an BRING ME THE HORIZON und SUICIDE SILENCE denken.
 
[Adrian]

 

lyrics

VOX POPULI

CRIMINALS – YOU BLAME THEM ALL – ILLEGAL – MAKE ‘EM UNHOUSED – CLANDESTINE – OFF PUBLIC LIFE – TREAT HUMANS LIKE A WASTAGE – ASYLUM SEEKER – NOT ALLOWED EXILES – WAITING FOR YOUR SHOVE – DEPORTATION – BY YOUR LAW – VOX POPULI – I DISAVOW – DEPORTATION HUMAN BEINGS – DÉJÀ VU OF NAZI CRIMES – NO ONE IS TO BLAME ILLEGAL – YOUR CONSTRUCT OF A NATION IS A LIE – TEAR APART WHOLE FAMILIES SELECTION OF THE USEFUL ONES – DISRUPTING CHILDREN FROM THEIR MOMS – FOR WHOM THE FUCK YOU’RE DOING THIS? – EARTH WASN’T CREATED IN HONEYCOMBS – EVERY MAN IS FREE TO ROAM – YOU ALSO COULD BE ON THE RUN – STOP LABELLING HUMAN BEINGS! – DEPORTATION HUMAN BEINGS – DÉJÀ VU OF NAZI CRIMES – NO ONE IS TO BLAME ILLEGAL – YOUR CONSTRUCT OF A NATION IS A LIE – DEPORTATION – DISPLACED PEOPLE – NAZI METHODS – YOU’RE TO BLAME – DEPORTATION – DISPLACED PEOPLE – YOU’RE TO BLAME!

ODIUM

WALLS ARE CLOSING IN – CHAINS SUCK ME UNDER – LIGHT IS DYING AWAY – EVERYTHING HAS BECOME GREY – FAR FROM EVERY HOPE – SURRENDER – JACK IT ALL IN – FAR FROM ANY LOVE – MY LIFE HAS TURNED TO SHIT – FRIENDSHIPS ARE LONG GONE – ONLY SOLITUDE REMAINS – HABITUDE NOW RULES – LIFE’S A STEADY PLOT – WREATHED IN MIST – BLACKENED – LIFE IS SHIT – FOUNDERED IN BILE – MY LIFE IS FULL OF SHIT – BUT IN MY DARKEST HOUR – THERE IS STILL A LITTLE HOPE – A FORCE THAT GIVE ME POWER – TO SURVIVE – TO MOVE ON – HATE – MY BELOVED MATE – HATE – A COMPANION THAT GIVE ME STRENGHT – HATE – HELP ME RISE EVERY DAY – HATE – THE REASON TO PROCEED – HATE – THE ONLY FEELING LEFT – HATE – NOW MY LIFE IS FULL OF HATE

ADDICTED

HOMICIDE – NEGLIGENT – NEFARIOUS – CONDEMNED – ALL THE THINGS YOU DO – EVERYTHING YOU’VE PLANNED – IT’S A THREAT FOR LIFE – UNNATURAL & PERVERSE -PLAYING WITH OUR GENES – “MODIFIED TO CURE” – IN FACT YOU TRY TO BUILD THE ÜBERMENSCH – ACCURATE – EFFICIENT – SUBMISSIVE – FERTILE – A WORLD OF HYPOCRITE – SMOOTH RULERSHIP – UNDISTURBED PRODUCTION – ROBOTS OBTAIN PROFIT – THOSE SUBMARGINAL – WILL BE SWITCHED “OFF” – THE “RIGHT TO LIVE” REMAINS IN YOUR GREEDY HANDS – IN THIS BRAVE NEW WORLD YOU BUILD YOUR OWN SLAVES – LIKE IN YOUR WET DREAMS – YOU ARE THE BRINGER OF DEATH – GENETICALLY MODIFIED SUPER-HUMAN-SLAVES – ADDICTED TO YOUR GRACE OR WITHDRAWN AS WASTE – ADDICTED

UNGODLY GADGET

YOU SUPPRESS THEM WITH HATRED – YOU TREAT THEM LIKE THEY WERE DEAD ALREADY – AS WIDGET THEY MUST CARVE THEIR EXISTENCE – EXTINCTION OF LIFE IS YOUR PROFESSION – I CANNOT BE PART OF THIS LIFE-DENYING-SYSTEM – I WILL NOT AGREE WITH YOUR LETHAL CULT OF KILLING – AS YOU’RE MAKING PROFIT COUNTLESS CREATURES ARE MASSACRED – FAR FROM ANY CONSENSUS OF LIFE’S LAW YOU BASTARD – YOU KILL ANIMALS WITHOUT ANY NEED – JUST TO MAKE PROFIT – YOU’RE DENYING LIFE – WHO DID GIVE YOU THAT RIGHT TO SLAY? – IF IT WOULD BRING ME PROFIT I WOULD SELL YOUR MEAT – I CANNOT BE PART OF THIS LIFE-DENYING-SYSTEM – I WILL NOT AGREE WITH YOUR LETHAL CULT OF KILLING – AS YOU’RE MAKING PROFIT COUNTLESS CREATURES ARE MASSACRED – FAR FROM ANY CONSENSUS OF LIFE’S LAW YOU BASTARD – STOP EXPLOITING THE NATURE – YOU DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT – NOR THE NEED – JUST GREED – THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO LIVE – OTHER WAYS TO GO – STOP KILLING THE WEAK!

BLACK STAR

OPRESSING THE POOR – GENOCIDE – OBEDIENCE CLAIMED – HOMICIDE – UNEQUAL MAKINGS – SERVITUDE – THUS THIS IS MODERN SLAVERY – DAZZLING BRIGHT STAR – UTILISE – AFFLUENT BUYERS – LED ASTRAY – THE NON-HAVES ARE BLEEDING DRY – YOU ARE THE BLACK STAR IN THEIR SKY – SUPPRESSING AND GAGGING – LET THEM NO CHOICE TO CHOOSE – MERCANTILE HOLOCAUST – BLACK STAR SHINING BRIGHT – PROFITEERUNG & COST-CUTTING – HARVESTING YOUR WEALTH ON THEIR DESTITUTE – BUSINESS GENOCIDE -BLACK STAR SHINING BRIGHT – YOU ARE THE BLACK STAR – YOU’RE SHINING BRIGHT – YOU ARE A SLAVER – IT’S GENOCIDE – YOU ARE THE BLACK STAR – IN THEIR SKY – YOU ARE A SLAVER – YOU LET THEM DIE – INSTEAD OF GRANTING FOREIGN AID – OPPOSED TO HELP THEM SPREAD THEIR WINGS – YOUR SOUL’S ERODED BY YOUR PROFIT – BLACK STAR SHINING BRIGHT – YOU ARE THE BLACK STAR – SHINING SO BRIGHT – IN THEIR BLACKENED SKY

MENTAL BURDEN

FORCED TO ANGER – FORCED TO DITCH – INHALED THE HATRED – FALLEN THROUGH THE GRID – COERCED TO DESPAIR – COERCED TO FEAR – EXHALED ALL LOVE – CRASHED INTO THE MIST – INCREASING – OBEDIENCE – INVEIGHING – UNCONCEALED – INHERIT – AWKWARD – SICKENING MENTAL BURDEN – BROKE WITH YOUR ORDER – SLIPPED THROUGH YOUR MESH – NEGATED YOUR LAWS – INFERNAL SOCIAL STRESS – ACKNOWLEDGE THE GAP –REAPPRAISING THE VALUES – BECAME A STRANGER – I QUITTED YOUR CRAP – DECREASING – RECHARCHING – DESPISING – ENSCONCED IT – HAND OVER – CONVICTED – SICKENING MENTAL BURDEN – COME WITH ME – LET’S STAY OUTSIDE – FROM HERE YOU CAN SEE – THEIR SYSTEM IS DOOMED AND WHAT MATTERS TO YOU – THERE IT CANNOT BE FOUND – DENY THEIR RAT RACE AND FOLLOW YOUR OWN TRAILS BEFORE GETTING TOO CLOSE – COME WITH ME – STEP OUTSIDE – THEN YOU CAN SEE – TURN INSIDE – TO THE OUTSIDE – FROM (BEING) ENSLAVED – TO A FREE MIND – TURN INSIDE – TO THE OUTSIDE – FROM BEING ENSLAVED – TO A FREE MIND – LAY DOWN YOUR HEAD TO YOUR FINAL REST AND YOU WILL REGRET – THE PICTURES YOU SEE ARE ULTIMATE AND THE MISTAKES YOU’VE MADE – THE QUESTION WILL BE WHETHER TO TAKE THE PILLS OR TO ABSTAIN – BELIEVE IT OR SUFFER BUT IN THE END THESE FILE NUMBERS DON’T RECKON – TURN INSIDE – TO THE OUTSIDE – FROM (BEING) ENSLAVED – TO A FREE MIND – TURN INSIDE – TO THE OUTSIDE – FROM (BEING) ENSLAVED – TO A FREE MIND