Open Mind Saturated Brain

Open Mind Saturated Brain


Wednesday, 21 February 2018


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence
Related artistsTetola93, Blue Friend and Document Not Found.
CountryTokyo JAPAN
Years Active2016-present
Song: "局面"
Album: "Suicide Note"
Year: 2017
For fans ofEnvy, 49 Morphines, Blue Friend, Улыбайся Ветру, Crowning, Cease Upon The Capitol, Youth Funeral, Lakmé, Carl Johnson, Forget Me Not, Dip Leg, Amanda Woodward, Aussitôt Mort, Heaven In Her Arms and Loma Prieta aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / Zegema Beach Records / Middle Man Records / MeatCube Label / Kakusan Records / Dance Happy Doom Crew / Cyllene Records
This post's artist is from the February 2018 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the February 2018 Mix#2 right here or get the new March 2018 Mix#3 here.

I first heard about AGAK a few years ago when my friend Shingo from Tetola93 let me know he was in a new band, as I had helped release their final album alongside MeatCube in early 2014. Fast forward to late 2017 and I was informed of a split 10" that Zegema Beach Records was given the opportunity to help with and AGAK was part of it. I contacted Shingo and let him know I was going to be helping with his new release. It was only then that he sent me the 'Suicide Note' EP via email and I was flabbergasted. Hoooooollllllly shit these six songs are insanely good, technical and cathartic screamo. Think if Envy stayed hard and fast, then mix it with Czechia's Lakmé and Korea's 49 Morphines.

Before we begin discussing 'Suicide Note' it should be noted here that on the AGAK bandcamp page only two songs are available, but I've put the entire 6-song EP for download right here and that is the version I'll talk about. It opens with "辞世", an ambient/noise intro that lasts 1:38. This is followed by the sensational "局面", which is a strong contender for best AGAK song. At 2:20 it's a rager of blistering, dark and metallic screamo with excellent dual vocal exchanges halfway through. "価値" takes things the swelling and epic route and more than doubles the time of the previous track, while "終点" is a mere 1:46 of technical and playful wizardry backed up by a pummeling breakdown close. "循環" gets stupid at 50 seconds with a powerful, surging concoction of Dip LegLakmé, Amanda Woodward and Envy, as well as impressive guitar solos and frantic close. The final song on the cdEP is a sweet ambient outro with eerie, looming piano. This thing was so incredible as a package that it made my Best Of 2017 EPs at #14, linked here.

Building on what I mentioned earlier, I'm super stoked to drop the news that in the summer of 2018 AGAK will be on a split 4-way 10"LP alongside Coma Regalia, Cady and my friends in Majorel. This insane split will be coming out on Zegema Beach Records, Middle Man Records, MeatCube, Kakusan, Dance Happy Doom Crew and Cyllene Records. I've heard the AGAK tunes and they are fanfuckingtastic. More news coming soon!



2017 - Suicide Note cdrEP (stream/donate/download here) [download full version here]

2018 - 4-way split 10"LP (w/Majorel, Cady & Coma Regalia) coming summer 2018


(2017) AGAK - "価値" (from 'Suicide Note')

(2017) AGAK - "局面" (from 'Suicide Note')

(2017) AGAK - "循環" (from 'Suicide Note')


AGAK additional links


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