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AGNOST DEI

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AGNOST DEI are a Russian experimetal/ progressive metal act formed in December 2005 by Egor Yurkevitch ( E.GOR) ( guitars, keys, IBM, music) and Maxim Zhdanov ( BIGGMAXX) ( vocals, bass, lyrics, music). The duo initially started working on pop oriented material, but Maxim Zhdanov had some unused lyrics from his former act VIVID X which was based on the Andrey Tarkovskiyīs movie "Stalker", that the two musicians decided to put music to. As the dark lyrical theme is about a group of people in a place called The Zone where there are paranormal activity AGNOST DEI felt that they needed to built a concept story with more heavy music than their usual pop oriented stuff.

Drummer Andrey Golodukhin ( APPLEDRUMMER) was added to the lineup in 2007. AGNOST DEI released their debut full-length studio album "A Place, Where Is No Time" in 2007. The lyrics are in russian.

2010 saw the release of the "Songs Of Dying Stars: the tree of life)" EP which features new vocalist Nikita Gaydukov.

AGNOST DEI play a very eclectic mix of musical genres and they are hard to pin down. There are both harder egded thrashy riffing, electronic elements and more pop oriented parts in the music. AGNOST DEI are highly recommended to those with an interest in adventurous progressive music.

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( Biography written by UMUR)

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4.00 | 3 ratings
Место, где времени нет / A Place, Where There Is No Time
2007
4.00 | 4 ratings
Take a look: 2010 A.D.
2010

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3.05 | 2 ratings
Songs Of Dying Stars: The Tree of Life
2010

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 Take a look: 2010 A.D. by AGNOST DEI album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.00 | 4 ratings

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Agnost Dei Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "take a look: 2010 A.D." is the 2nd full-length studio album by Russian progressive metal act Agnost Dei. The album was self-released in October 2010. The band are currently looking for a label to release the album. Since the release of "A Place, Where is No Time (2007)" the band have added lead vocalist NicKK (Nikita Gaydukov) to the lineup. The album contains 11 tracks. 3 of the tracks make up the "Songs of the Dying Stars: The Tree of Life" suite, which was released as an EP earlier in 2010, but the rest are new tracks exclusive to "take a look: 2010 A.D.".

The music on the album is progressive metal with a futuristic touch. The addition of lead vocalist NicKK to the ranks, gives the band a slightly less unique vocal sound compared to the sound on "A Place, Where is No Time (2007)", but his more "regular" vocal style will probably earn the band more fans. Another change since the debut is that the lyrics on "take a look: 2010 A.D." are in English. Personally I really appreciate the Russian language vocals on the debut but if the band are to succeed further down the line itīs a sensible choice. The music is to my ears very influenced by Dream Theater and their ilk, but the band add their own futuristic touch to the sound and ultimately I think the outcome is pretty unique. The musicianship are excellent on the album, but not only that, the way these songs are composed proves that the band are also skilled composers. The sound production is well crafted and suits the music well.

"take a look: 2010 A.D." is quite a different album compared to how "A Place, Where is No Time (2007)" sounded, but itīs obvious that the band have honed their skills as songwriters and musicians in the years between the two albums. I wonīt say neither is the better album though, because both are strong releases in their own right. I think itīs admirable that a band are able to change their sound as much as Agnost Dei have done without losing their identity in the process. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

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 Songs Of Dying Stars: The Tree of Life by AGNOST DEI album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
3.05 | 2 ratings

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3 stars "Songs Of Dying Stars: the tree of life)" is an EP release by Russian progressive metal act Agnost Dei. The EP is a self-released affair. "Songs Of Dying Stars: the tree of life)" contains three tracks that form the "Tree of Life" suite. The EP is 19:13 minutes long. The EP can be seen as a teaser to the "take a look: 2010 A.D." album, that was released in October 2010. All three tracks also apppear on the full-length album. Since the release of "A Place, Where is No Time (2007)" the band have added lead vocalist NicKK (Nikita Gaydukov) to the lineup and the band have begun to sing in English instead of Russian.

The music on the EP is undeniably influenced by Dream Theater and their ilk, but Agnost Dei add a futuristic element to their progressive metal style that sets them apart from the pack. The change on the vocalist spot means that the vocals on "Songs Of Dying Stars: the tree of life)" are more regular progressive metal vocals than was the case on the debut album, which featured some pretty spacy and at times harsh type vocals. The three tracks form a concept and musically they fit well together and all sides of the bandīs sound are explored. The EP gives a good insight into the new sound of the band.

As a teaser the EP is great, but taking into account that all songs on the EP are also present on the 2nd full-length studio album by the band, itīs doubtful that many besides the most hardcore fans will find much value here if they already have the "take a look: 2010 A.D." album. Still thereīs nothing wrong with the quality of the music and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is well deserved.

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4.00 | 4 ratings

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4 stars Very good music made by the poorly known Russian band. Album is definitely metal-oriented but certain tracks ("P/S" and "XI****") are rather mixed Psychedelic-, Electronic- or even RIO-style. The music is higly aggresive but simultaneously filled with distinct, perceptible melodies. Big melodic imagination and instrumental proficiency must be emphasized. In my opinion only (sometimes) weak vocals decreased very high value of the music. The best tracks in terms of structure and instrumental arrangement You can hear in the middle and in the end of the album: wonderful and full of energy "Aera Futurozoica" and three-part "The Tree of Life" (note interesting trumpet or trumpet-like parts). Recommended for metal fans. Real four stars.

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 Место, где времени нет / A Place, Where There Is No Time by AGNOST DEI album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Agnost Dei Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "A Place, Where Is No Time" is the debut full-length studio album by Russian progressive metal act Agnost Dei. The album originally had a Russian title ("Место, где времени нет") and Russian song titles and thatīs the version Iīm in possession of. "A Place, Where Is No Time" is a concept album. The lyrical concept is based on the Andrey Tarkovskiyīs movie "Stalker".

The music on the album is quite dark and combines some really heavy chugging metal riffing with spacy synth sounds and more melodic progressive metal elements too. The vocals vary greatly on the album from melodic singing to aggressive styled vocals. The band masters all styles very well both when when it comes to the vocals but certainly also when weīre talking about the music itself. This is a very well playing and innovative band. There are lots of samples in the music taken from the "Stalker" movie and even though I havenīt seen the movie and donīt know what they are saying in the samples (Surprise: I donīt understand the Russian language) they create dark images in my mind. A testimony to the fact that the samples succeed in doing what they were meant to: Create dark and eerie atmosphere. In addition to drums, guitar, bass, vocals and synths which are played by the members of the band there are also a few guest musicians who play on the album. There are cello on a couple of tracks as well as violin on a couple of tracks. The addition of strings work well but itīs the saxophone in the track "By An Inconceivable Slumber..." that really takes the prize.

The lyrics are in the Russian language and that might scare off a few people but personally I find the use of the Russian language charming. The band has since the recording of "A Place, Where Is No Time" found a new lead singer and will use English language lyrics on future releases.

The sound production is professional and powerful. I think the bass sounds a bit unconventional at times with a clicky and metallic tone. Itīs not a big deal though. The sound is overall excellent.

A release like "A Place, Where Is No Time" is exactly why I keep having faith in the progressive metal genre despite too many generic releases in genre. It might be that I have to drag myself through one Dream Theater clone after another before I get to an album like this but albums like "A Place, Where Is No Time" makes it every bit worth the struggle. Agnost Dei is progressive, innovative and experimental. What more could I wish for? And when the quality of the music, in addition to those above mentioned positive things, is so high, Iīm sold. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved. I can highly recommend this album to fans of dark, adventurous and rather unconventional sounding progressive metal.

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