ANGUR - EGO
Review by Sloof
Angur is a Pagan Black Metal band from Germany who released a first full length album in 2011, followed by this EP in 2015. The band was formed 9 years ago and are proud of what they achieved so far, and after listening to “Ego”, I completely understand why. This is a very special band that pays homage to atmospheric and aggressive Black Metal riffs combined with interesting lyrical content. They don’t want to worship the ancient Germanic gods, but prefer to take a deeper look at the relationship between man and everything above, or should I say everything beyond? They have a few trumps to achieve this goal as a Hurdy Gurdy is used as a musical bridge to create a certain vibe in their sound and songs, and that original approach pays off!
Opener ‘Eifergott’ takes about 10 minutes and has a lot to offer! The song is at high speed in the beginning, has a very repetitive riff with some Pagan influences but is mainly focusing on atmosphere. It could be described as the contemporary Bathory. There are female vocals/parts that interfere with vocalist Oliver and it adds a great vibe to the song. Another remarkable member is Fee, who’s responsible for the Hurdy Gurdy and this instrument specifies the total sound of Angur.
The quality continues with the second track ‘Eitles Schicksal’ where the aggression is increasing. The guitars of Niels and Paul are in overdrive while Oliver is telling his story. ‘Sine Capite Regnabant’ is the 3rd track on this EP, that has a total duration of 30 minutes, so value for the money! In consider this band as one of the best underground acts in Germany lately, and being unsigned can be a curse or a blessing. This band is doing what they prefer the most, as there are no limitations in creating new material. Independency brought them already to numerous festivals, and what they achieved thus far is worth mentioning! The final track is called ‘Trummer’ and here we get an extra spot on the Hurdy Gurdy of Fee, followed by some debauchery by both axemen! Excitement is guaranteed!
The overall sound on this EP is above the average and that’s important for a band like Angur, because there is so much happening that the quality of the mixing is an important issue. Order at: https://angurofficial.bandcamp.com/
My rating: 83 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish