Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Agonal, according to their Facebook page is the brain child of one Jon Francis. This release the third in a trilogy is entitled A Suffering Complete. A Suffering Complete is a solid album musically with elements of symphonic doom mixed in with extreme and clean vocals, along with a healthy dose of melody.

Even though there is keyboard for those symphonic elements, the guitars carry the freight.  No, you won’t find many guitar solos, but the layering of musical elements was done well enough that I never wondered when a solo break was coming. I was pleasantly surprised to hear a very upfront and loud six string rythym section, well recorded and quite defined. 

This release, at times, is very reminiscent of My Silent Wake. Not quite as melancholy where MSW uses more reverb for atmopherics and other acoustic instruments, Agonal relies soully upon their songwriting. There are some good solid dynamics that
are apparent within many of the songs, Fall Unto Me for example. However there are plenty of just hard hitting tracks such as The Final Sunset.

The sound quality is quite good and just in passing I originally thought this was a complete band. I had no idea it was a one man band, with a few guest musicians.  If I hadn’t looked it up I wouldn’t have guessed that the drums were programmed, I’m usually pretty good at picking them out but not this time.

Agonal, A Suffering Complete is bombastic and heavy which for a symphonic doom release is just what the doctor ordered.  Grab a copy of this through Sanctus Gladius and ride the crushing hammer of doom!!

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Saturday, August 3, 2013


Metal for Jesus is an album of incredible music but also an incredible message. Featuring tracks from Narnia, Golden Resurrection, Audiovision, Divinefire and Modest Attraction this seventeen song album is a great collection to give to your unbelieving friends.

Johannes Jonsson is the driving force behind this release along with Christian Liljegren. The Metal for Jesus album is a musical tract with songs picked especially for their lyrical content. However that shouldn’t dissuade anyone, as from a musical point of view this album shreds. In conjunction with the Metal Bible this album should provide a great introduction to Christian Metal.

From symphonic metal, melodic metal, neo classical metal and hard rock this album contains a large swath of styles that should appeal to a vast audience.  Believers who desire to have an album of pure Christ based content should find this album to be a breath of fresh air from those releases that force you to wonder if they’re Christians or not.

For those of us who want an album of pure Jesus Metal this album is truly for you. From the Metal For Jesus website Johannes wrote this,

“Lots of prayers have been going into this album to make sure that the right tracks were chosen and right comments written so that it should be everything God wanted it to be. We want Jesus to be glorified and we dedicate this album to Him! Focus on the album is totally on God and what Christian faith is all about. Booklet contains salvation prayer and comments by me where I explain the lyrics and talk about God's mercy, why Jesus is the only way to God, second coming of Jesus, prayer and how to get to know Jesus and overall what true Christian faith is all about.”

I myself  believe this album to be a great listen. It’s encouraging and uplifting and I get rocked out at the same time. Great musicianship and quality recordings completely remastered. This album is definitely one to give your friends.

Narnia - People of the Bloodred Cross
Narnia – Living Water
Narnia – Long Live The King
Audiovision – The Way (Stryper cover)
Audiovision – We Will go
Divinefire – Divinefire
Divinefire – Live My Life For You
Golden Resurrection – Proud To Wear The Holy Cross
Modest Attraction – Down On My Knees
Golden Resurrection – The Final Day
Golden Resurrection – God’s Mercy
Divinefire – Never Surrender
Golden Resurrection – Flaming Youth
Golden Resurrection - Golden Resurrection
Divinefire – Open Your Eyes
Divinefire – Bright Morning Star
Divinefire – The Way To Eternity 

Here is more information about how to obtain this album from the Metal For Jesus website:

"Metal For Jesus album is available to order worldwide directly from me. I sell it for $15 + $5 shipping all around the world. Send payment to Paypal account: and I'll ship it right away.

If you live in Sweden you can also get it from my Christian Metal Shop Metal Community

The Metal For Jesus album is also strongly connected to The Metal Bible and features info about it and how to get it."