Dragged Into Sunlight - Terminal Aggressor II review




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Band: Dragged Into Sunlight
Album: Terminal Aggressor II
Release date: January 2020


01. Terminal Aggressor II


The bile spewing UK fiends in Dragged Into Sunlight recently had a huge fallout with Prosthetic Records. This EP was apparently released by the label without any prior consultation with the band, and they will not be receiving a single cent of the funds generated from it. A shame, because they certainly deserve it for this beast.

A sequel of sorts to the band's Terminal Aggressor EP released way back in 2009, Terminal Aggressor II features a single, 29 minute eponymous track. It's a thick slab of all the tricks Dragged Into Sunlight have utilized in their filthy, punishing formula up to this point, and a listen that demands patience on the part of the listener. Things start off in that formless, droney dark ambient personality that the band previously explored on Widowmaker: dark, eerie, and somewhat ritualistic. Dragged Into Sunlight aren't in any sort of rush to pummel the listener with Hatred For Mankind 2.0 here, and instead focus on building a suspenseful, imposing, and all around mesmerizing atmosphere for roughly the first 10 minutes of this offering.

"Terminal Aggressor II" is a composition that gradually escalates in intensity throughout its duration, and gradually is the key word. While the first half of the track may seem a bit boring and meandering to fans looking for the more ferocious side of Dragged Into Sunlight, the track as a whole is paced quite excellently and eventually builds to one hell of a payoff. Shortly after crossing the 10 minute threshold, vocals kick in, those trademark ear piecing banshee shrieks of front man T. This slowly gets built upon with a pulsating bass added in near the 15 minute mark, and drums and guitar entering the picture about 2 minutes later. Before you know it, the raw unrelenting persona of Dragged Into Sunlight is back in business, driving the track forward to a magnificent, hellish climax.

Terminal Aggressor II really seems to succeed in merging Dragged Into Sunlight's dark ambient and blackened death approaches better than ever before. Its lulling and hypnotizing first half, while satisfying, is somewhat deceptive, as it crescendos step by step into a delivery that only seems to get more unshackled as it progresses. An all around exciting and very well written release, this EP has raised my curiosity quite high for what may come next from the band. Here's hoping that it continues in this vein, and that these guys may find a better, more honorable label to host them.

Normally I would embed a Bandcamp player, but since it has been highly suggested by the band themselves that they won't be receiving a penny from this release, I feel as though doing so would be something of an unethical endorsement of Prosthetic Records. While official Metal Storm policy doesn't condone piracy, all I'm going to say is that in this case I'm certainly not going to act as though purchasing this EP from the label would be the morally desirable alternative.

If you're really interested in supporting Dragged Into Sunlight monetarily, please direct your attention over here.


 



Written on 23.01.2020 by Comforting the disturbed and disturbing the comfortable since 2013.


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Comments: 6   Visited by: 77 users
23.01.2020 - 23:58
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Man this really makes me wish we had gotten a full length from these guys.

But aye, not giving those assholes in the label one dime.
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- Dying?
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24.01.2020 - 00:03
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by RaduP on 23.01.2020 at 23:58

This really makes me wish we had gotten a full length from these guys.

I'll take what I can get, this is pretty damn good and hopefully a new full length isn't that far behind. At this point I'm not even hoping for it to be that similar to HFM, I'd rather see them continue to explore something more like this that blends their dark ambient and black/death approaches together.
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Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
You tell em that God's gonna cut em down
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24.01.2020 - 00:05
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by Apothecary on 24.01.2020 at 00:03

I'll take what I can get, this is pretty damn good and hopefully a new full length isn't that far behind. At this point I'm not even hoping for it to be that similar to HFM, I'd rather see them continue to explore something more like this that blends their dark ambient and black/death approaches together.

Aye, for a single song EP, this one is indeed pretty monstrous and I love the dark ambient bits
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- I've dreamt of that for years.
- Dying?
- Running.




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24.01.2020 - 07:19
The Witchfinder
Account deleted
Y'arr, I be a pirate now. Time to illegally plunder some sludgey booty.
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25.01.2020 - 03:03
FYA
Destroyer
They have their own dedicated meme page "I Make MEMES While Listening To Dragged INTO Sunlight"
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31.01.2020 - 21:56
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by FYA on 25.01.2020 at 03:03

They have their own dedicated meme page "I Make MEMES While Listening To Dragged INTO Sunlight"

And it's awesome.
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14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
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