In the rapidly changing and evolving world of heavy music, bands come and go faster than you can get a value meal at a fast food restaurant. Finding bands who are still slugging it out after a decade is a rare occurrence. What’s even more uncommon is finding a band who have recorded their most intense and career defining album 12 years into their career. But, that is exactly the case with Southern California’s ANTAGONIST, and their new album, "World In Decline."
The band was formed by, then teenaged, singer/guitarist Carlos Garcia and drummer Lond Garcia in 1998 and released two albums and three EPs before signing with Prosthetic Records and releasing 2008’s "Exist." After a few lineup changes through the decade, the current lineup features the (unrelated) Garcias, along with guitarist Roland Leonard and bassist Nick Reyes. The band hit Buzz Bomb Studios in Orange, CA earlier this year with producer Paul Miner (Thrice, Throwdown, Terror) who recorded, mixed and mastered the effort. The band’s sound has gotten tighter, more technical, and angrier on "World In Decline," while summoning the thrash of early Metallica, the grove of Pantera and the technical death metal of At The Gates, while still holding on to the strings of melody.
"Speedy power-metal guitar licks and screamo hooks…a focused attack." – Revolver Magazine
"Memorable melodies, heat-seeking aggression and headbanging thrash." – Outburn Magazine