ALBUM: Arsonists Get All The Girls – Motherland

Release Date: May 17th, 2011
Label: Century Media
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/agatg

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Arsonists Get All The Girls have certainly gone through some tough times over the last few years. There was the tragic loss of their bassist Patrick Mason in 2007, and then vocalist Cameron Reed was recruited by God in late 2009. However, this Californian sextet has battled on to produce their 4th studio album, ‘Motherland’.

Considering the band started as a deathcore joke band between friends, you may expect this album to be nothing but bad screams with down-tuned guitars and double pedal drums going fucking mental, but you would be wrong. This album is nothing short of a masterpiece. It has the experimentation and complexity of Between The Buried And Me, the melodic intricacy of In Flames and the sheer brutality of Architects.

This is by far the best album of their career to date. AGATG have managed to be experimental and progressive without coming across as pretentious. Each song has its own unique charms, like the song ‘Gooseknuckle’ has keyboard flourishes that sound like they’re taken from a Zelda game. Then there is ‘West Cliffs’, a 3 minute long instrumental which is like listening to musical art.

Oh yeah, and this album is heavy, so very heavy. As heavy as a Jo Brand in a centrifuge. Jared Monette‘s vocals are phenomenal, his growls not overshadowing the other members of the band, which is rarity in the genre. In fact, every member of the band excels in their performance. Keyboardist Sean Richmond gives each song its own quirk, and really gives AGATG their signature sound. Take ‘Woebegone’ for example; each element of the song screams excellence (emphasis on the screams). Its breakdown is sublime and is guaranteed to case sheer carnage when played live.

‘Motherland’ is an outstanding album. Not only does it appeal to the experimental metal fans, but too all other metal fans too. I can only hope that their sound is as good live as it is on record, because if this is the case, then the world is their oyster.

Written by Andy Roberts