Angels of Mons
Angels of Mons
Power chords. They make rock... well, rock. Play at a 4/4 tempo and chug along with your power chords and you have the makings of a standard rock song. Enhance them with some aggressive strumming and picking and you have the making of great metal. They are a thing of beauty because of their simplicity and how many ways they can be used. Agincourt is a full-on power chord band.
Agincourt brings real classic metal into the new millennium. If you are a fan of NWOBHM bands such as Saxon, Tokyo Blade, Mama's Boys and even Diamond Head, you'll find Agincourt to your liking. The band's debut cd, "Angels Of Mons", is 20 years in the making. Having lived through the ups and downs of the ever-changing music industry, their form of metal is finally seeing the light of day.
Now let me talk a little about my comments on power chords. Agincourt use them as their foundation, and as a result have a very stripped-down sound. It is simple, fist pounding fun. The songs that grabbed my attention most included, "Edge of Paradise", "Come With Me", and "Queen of the Night". The curse of power chords is, with the songs mid-tempo and in 4/4 time, that there tends to be a lot of chugga-chugga-chug-chug train on the tracks playing and this can be a little tedious at times. This happens more than occasionally throughout the songs here.
Overall, this album is good, and it is refreshing to hear Angincourt's blast-from-the-past sound. "Angels Of Mons" is a respectable release, and if you are in the mood for some bare-bones fist pumping, you should check it out.
Live Long and Rock Hard,
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SpaceKev's Rating: 3.25 out of 5