Agorapocalypse

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Agorapocalypse
Studio album by Agoraphobic Nosebleed
Released April 14, 2009 (2009-04-14)
Recorded Visceral Sound studios, October 2007 – December 2008
Genre Grindcore
Length 28:37
Label Relapse
Producer Matthew F. Jacobson
Agoraphobic Nosebleed chronology
Split with Insect Warfare
(2008)
Agorapocalypse
(2009)
Split with Crom
(2009)

Agorapocalypse is the fourth full-length studio album by American grindcore band Agoraphobic Nosebleed (ANb). It was released through Relapse Records on April 14, 2009, in the United States, and April 20 internationally.[1] The album was recorded by ANb's guitarist Scott Hull at his Visceral Sound studios; Hull also wrote the drum parts using Toontrack's Drumkit from Hell in his digital audio workstation.[2] This is also the band's first record to feature new vocalist Katherine Katz.[1] Agorapocalypse's cover artwork was designed by German illustrator Florian Bertmer.

Artwork[edit]

The cover art for Agorapocalypse was drawn by German illustrator Florian Bertmer, who had previously designed the covers for ANb's Bestial Machinery (Discography Volume 1), Agoraphobic Nosebleed / Kill the Client and the inner-sleeve illustration for the group's 1999 split with Converge, The Poacher Diaries.[3] Bertmer, vocalist J. Randall, and guitarist Scott Hull discussed the themes of the album art by phone and agreed to give it an "old-school thrashcore vibe", because of ANb's new musical direction. Agorapocalypse's design was also inspired by the Mad Marc Rude illustration for the Misfits' Earth A.D., which Bertmer defined as "insanely detailed".[3] Bertmer also explained that "[he] tried to incorporate as many iconic characters to give the whole piece a claustrophobic appearance."[4]

Bertmer initially created an outline black-and-white ink drawing measuring 14 inches (36 cm) square; he spent about two weeks sketching and one week drawing, then colored it on a computer.[3] He stylized depictions of "nuclear war, drug use, police brutality, and a greedy businessman—the art is less shocking to the senses by its vivid colors and comic-like appearance."[4] The green head in the middle of Agorapocalypse's cover art is based on a photo of Bertmer himself.[4]

Release[edit]

To promote Agorapocalypse, ANb made the album available for streaming in its entirety at "www.agorapocalypse.com" on April 13, 2009. Agorapocalypse was released through Relapse Records, on April 14 in North America and April 20 internationally. The album was issued on CD, a limited edition LP packaged with a 12 inches (30 cm) square full-color, 28-page booklet, and a mailorder-only longbox CD set limited to 1,000 copies that includes a 18 in × 24 in (46 cm × 61 cm) full-color poster, four-piece pin set and 5 in × 2.25 in (12.7 cm × 5.7 cm) embroidered patch.[5] According to Nielsen SoundScan, Agorapocalypse sold around 1,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release, and peaked at number 41 on the Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart.[6]

The Japanese edition included four bonus tracks, taken from their split with Insect Warfare.[7]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[8]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[9]
Baltimore City Paper favorable[10]
Decibel 8/10 stars[11]
Exclaim! favorable[12]
Eye Weekly favorable[13]
The Maine Campus A−[14]
Pitchfork Media 5/10[15]
PopMatters 8/10[16]
Washington City Paper mixed[17]

Greg Pratt of Exclaim! magazine defined Agorapocalypse as "shockingly straight-ahead",[12] while About.com summarized the album by saying "Agorapocalypse might lack a bit of the deviant vibe of ANb's past work, but there's still thrash, grind and a liberal dose of madness."[8]

Unlike ANb's previous releases, on Agorapocalypse the group slowed down its sound to a thrashcore style of the 1980s.[8] With this shift in sound, Cosmo Lee of Pitchfork Media was more critical, stating that "Agorapocalypse is disappointingly listenable. Song lengths are up, exceeding two and three minutes, and the songwriting has diversified. Instead of simply beating listeners into a pulp, songs now speed up, slow down, and breathe."[15]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Scott Hull.

  1. "Timelord Zero (Chronovore)" – 3:22
  1. "Agorapocalypse Now" – 2:25
  2. "Timelord One (Loneliness of the Long Distance Drug Runner)" – 0:56
  3. "Dick to Mouth Resuscitation" – 1:16
  4. "Moral Distortion" – 2:00
  5. "Hung from the Rising Sun" – 2:10
  6. "First National Stem Cell and Clone" – 3:19
  7. "Question of Integrity" – 2:30
  8. "Timelord Two (Paradoxical Reaction)" – 3:03
  9. "Trauma Queen" – 1:51
  10. "White on White Crime" – 3:19
  11. "Druggernaut Jug Fuck" – 2:23
  12. "Ex-Cop" – 0:59
  13. "Flamingo Snuff" – 2:20
  1. "Crypto-Zoology" (Japanese bonus track) – 0:45
  2. "Werewolf Women of the U.S." (Japanese bonus track) – 0:09
  3. "Dis-Order of Species" (Japanese bonus track) – 1:34
  4. "Un-Natural Selection" (Japanese bonus track) – 1:04

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Agoraphobic Nosebleed unveil details for Agorapocalypse". BW&BK. January 22, 2009. Retrieved April 18, 2009. 
  2. ^ "An interview with Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer / ANb)". BrooklynVegan. February 23, 2009. Retrieved November 20, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c Bennett, J. (August 2009). "Visions of disorder". Revolver (Future) (83): 82. ISSN 1527-408X. 
  4. ^ a b c DiNitto, Jay (April 14, 2009). "Album art of the week". Noisecreep. AOL. Retrieved November 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Agorapocalypse limited edition longbox". Relapse Records. Retrieved August 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ "'Agorapocalypse' First-Week Sales Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. April 22, 2010. Retrieved August 13, 2010. 
  7. ^ jupitreas (April 14, 2009). "Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Agorapocalypse review". Metal Storm. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c M. Norton, Justin. "Agorapocalypse review". About.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved November 13, 2009. 
  9. ^ Prato, Greg. "Agorapocalypse - Agoraphobic Nosebleed". Allmusic. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 
  10. ^ Gardner, Lee (May 6, 2009). "Agorapocalypse review". Baltimore City Paper. Retrieved November 11, 2009. 
  11. ^ Harvell, Jess. "Agoraphobic Nosebleed". Decibel Magazine. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Pratt, Greg (May 2009). "Agorapocalypse review". Exclaim!. Retrieved November 11, 2009. 
  13. ^ Hughes, Brian (April 14, 2009). "Agorapocalypse review". Eye Weekly. Torstar. Retrieved November 11, 2009. 
  14. ^ Page, Ryan (April 6, 2009). "CD Review: Agorapocalypse". The Maine Campus. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 
  15. ^ a b Lee, Cosmo (April 17, 2009). "Agorapocalypse review". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 4 November 2009. Retrieved November 13, 2009. 
  16. ^ Begrand, Adrien (June 10, 2009). "Reviewed: Agoraphobic Nosebleed's Agorapocalypse". PopMatters. Retrieved November 14, 2009. 
  17. ^ Wu, Brandon (April 10, 2009). "Agorapocalypse review". Washington City Paper. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved June 25, 2011.