With former vocalist Alissa White-Gluz understandably flying the coop for a dream gig with Arch Enemy, the hasty recruitment of Vicky Psarakis was always set to make ‘Eye Of Providence’, the fourth full-length from Canadian quintet The Agonist, something of a curio. Thankfully, the new front-lady promptly dispels any doubt with her iron-clad pipes, which makes it all the more a shame that the songs here, for the most part, remain solid yet unspectacular.
The opening gallop of ‘Gates Of Horn And Ivory’ promises much, an urgent thrash flavoured stomper with a hefty dose of big chorus melodic bombast. Although, for all its glimpses of world beating metallic might, the record does begin to free fall rather too quickly, and between the likes of melo-death fire-brand ‘A Necessary Evil’ and a searing ‘Disconnect Me’, there’s a certain interchangeable quality to these tracks which sees that early impact swiftly diminish.
Denim and leather aficionados will no doubt find plenty to love amongst the neck-snapping rhythmic violence and lofty vocal bluster, and there’s certainly nothing bad per se about ‘Eye Of Providence’, yet at nearly an hour in length and sporting a lot of recycled ideas, a bloated running time suggest that perhaps The Agonist have bitten off just a tad more than they can chew here. A heartening debut performance from Psarakis aside, ‘Eye Of Providence’ regrettably falls somewhat flat.
Written by Tony Bliss (@TBliss88)