On Doom Jazz, their debut album, Melbourne slow-motion power duo Agonhymn tune it way down and turn it way up while always keeping the listener guessing.
Liam Brewer and Dav Byrne officially met over the internet. Despite hailing from the same sleepy country town, their paths had never crossed until, in 2002, Liam invited Dav to sing in his new stoner rock project, Zuul.
After one abrupt jam, it was quickly agreed between these two blokes that they had much bigger and heavier fish to fry.
After jamming on the Zuul songs as a two-piece in various formats, it was decided to take a far slower and darker direction than originally thought. Dav, a decade-long guitar-tinkerer, started forging ear-bending, deep chords and Liam honed his sharp drum chops down to an exercise in precise sloth. The two collaborated on the writing structure, and Agonhymn was born.
After refining their tight sound further, a recording was made at Melbourne’s SAE. To the guys’ dismay, when they returned to the studio to mix down, they found the audio files had somehow disappeared. That is, they had been erased.
From that day forward it was agreed that Agonhymn was to stay with the bassless format, start playing gigs as a duo, and only record again once Dav had found time and funds to build his studio.
Now with Iridium Audio up and running, they’ve taken the bull by the horns and recorded an exercise in brutal beauty.
Due for imminent release on the Melbourne Heathen Skulls label, the record has been entirely fashioned by the guys themselves, who both happen to be talented live and studio engineers on the Melbourne circuit.
Touring with New Zealand’s kings of heavy, Black Boned Angel, in early July, expect waves of obese, stretch-chord riffing and volcanic, elastic kitwork at a glacial cadence.
And more than a few little surprises…
Inventive, evocative and crushing, Agonhymn will appeal to fans of weighty, dramatic outfits such as Yob, Neurosis and Pelican.