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Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect

Written by WCYT Staff. Posted in Music, Reviews

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Protomartyr is an American post-punk band formed in 2008 in Detroit, and is a seasoned band with 3 full length albums and 1 EP to date. The Agent Intellect, their newest album to date was released on October 9th 2015. Protomartyr keeps their cool and collected tone throughout this album as well as on their last to, so nothing new has really changed for the band. Joe Casey, the lead singer of Protomartyr still talks about his verses more than he sings, which is not a terribly bad thing. It’s helped the band grow and mature, and be fairly different overall. Not to many songs stood out in the album to me as being interesting, or wow, but the ones that did stand out were just that. Songs that really stood out to me as individual tracks on The Agent Intellect with The Devil in His Youth and Pontiac 87. While the most riveting song on the album has to be Cowards Starve, which really shows insight into the bands career as a whole, with lead vocalist Joe Casey putting in a real “I don’t care, or couldn’t care less about anything, anymore” vibe that strives to be a very depressing tone. Each song buzzes on to the next, with fairly nice transitions in between to keep a listener interested. I also thought that Dope Cloud was a pretty special song on the album as well, which seems like a very well written poem, brought through with a slur of words and moments of desperation and sadness that roll together with verses harmonizing on top of that. In the end, I would give The Agent Intellect a solid 7 out of ten. I really did enjoy some of the songs that the band had produced, but a majority of them I just found to be too oversimplified. Although, the songs I did enjoy were outstanding, and sounded more like a deep introspective poem that I just wanted to read over and over again until my eyes exploded. The overall vibe that this album gives off is very mysterious, unexpected, and at times soothing. I hope the best for Protomartyr and I do hope to hear more of what the band creates in the future.

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