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Formed by guitarist Mathieu Marcotte after departing his previous band Spasme, Augury's original lineup featured bassist Dominic "Forest" Lapointe and soprano vocalist Arianne Fleury, with the lineup soon being completed by ex-Kralizec vocalist Patrick Loisel and ex-Adenine drummer Mathieu Groulx. It was this group of people who began to craft the band's original and complex style of ambitious, often medival influenced operatic death metal, known for juxtaposing high female vocals with growls and astonishing, ambitious compositional work. Étienne Gallo would soon replace Mathieu Groulx on drums, and the band released their deubt album Concealed in 2004. After recieving a surprising burst of appeal, the band signed a record deal for Europe and experienced another lineup change as Arianne Fleury departed. Though she has yet to be replaced, several alternating female vocalists have filled in for her during the group's live shows. Their first tour saw them opening for Quo Vadis, read more...
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AUGURY Concealed album cover 4.24 | 17 ratings
Concealed
Technical Death Metal 2004
AUGURY Fragmentary Evidence album cover 4.34 | 16 ratings
Fragmentary Evidence
Technical Death Metal 2009
AUGURY Illusive Golden Age album cover 4.92 | 3 ratings
Illusive Golden Age
Technical Death Metal 2018

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AUGURY Promo 2006 album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
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Technical Death Metal 2006

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AUGURY Illusive Golden Age

Album · 2018 · Technical Death Metal
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It's been a long road for the Canadian technical death metal act Augury to reach their third album, Illusive Golden Age (2018). Band members have come, gone and come back again and nine years have passed them by since the release of Fragmentary Evidence (2009), which itself took five years since their debut album Concealed (2004). The band was formed in 2002 and has never been outright inactive, but three albums in sixteen years isn't the most consistent showing. Augury is forgiven for this of course due to how bloody good those first two albums were. Augury is, as far as this humble reviewer is concerned, the best death metal act to have ever existed. Concealed is the main reason for that belief, but Fragmentary Evidence also goes a long way to strengthen it. Still, making their fans wait almost a whole decade for this follow-up can't have kept them in everyone's good graces. It's been so long that now that the album actually has dropped many may have even forgotten that these guys were in fact still around and who can blame them? But the third Augury album is here now and it's time to find out if it was worth the wait.

Hell. Fucking. Yes. Yes it was.

Illusive Golden Age has the sound of an album that is both familiar if you've heard Augury's earlier work but also with a bit of a different spin on it. The more atmospheric sections of music that they like to use have seen a reduction here compared to Fragmentary Evidence, as have the clean singing vocals from frontman Patrick Loisel, who main sticks to mixing his deep growling and higher pitched screams. His clean voice is still used but don't expect a track like the previous album's Sovereigns Unknown to show up during Illusive Golden Age. After nine years away Augury seem to have made a statement that they're all about the death metal. I'm not sure that anyone ever doubted that about them as they've always had a heavy sound and Loisel's deeper growls have always been brutal as hell, but that's the best description of how this album feels compared to their previous one that I can come up with.

That's not to say that their sound has become lesser by reducing these elements of variation. After all they are still there being used to effect when needed and the level of technical skill on display seems to be higher than ever, if that was even possible, including the audible fretless bass work from Dominic 'Forest' Lapointe. This is so noticeable it's like the bass is being used as the lead instrument. Not to sell what may be some of the best and most intricate technical death metal guitar work ever recorded short here, but fretless bass guitar works so damn well in this genre that it's near impossible not to focus on it as the band's defining feature. Augury and by extension Lapointe's ventures with similar band Beyond Creation have always done this well and it really does feel like he gets to share the centre stage with the two guitarists, Loisel and Mathieu Marcotte. That's very rare for a bass player and for me it's what really makes Augury more than simply technical, but also progressive.

Due to how technical and progressive their music is calling this album straight-forward seems like the start of a bad joke, but the simple fact that matter is that Illusive Golden Age is undeniably a bit less unusual in terms of its song-writing direction, especially if you're comparing it to the often weird Concealed (which for me remains their best album) or the more atmospheric Fragmentary Evidence. I think maybe stripped back would be a more appropriate way to describe it in relation to their previous, but Illusive Golden Age can only be called generic at your own peril. Augury's ability to write coherent and mostly unelongated songs while still being so technical with their riffs should quickly squash any such thoughts you might be having about this release. They did not make their comeback as just another generic tech death act by any means. They've made their comeback with an album that still sounds distinctly like an Augury album that has its own identity from their previous two. I don't know about you readers, but I'll take it.

I haven't mentioned any specific songs from Illusive Golden Age yet and that's because of the eight it's difficult to single out any particular one and then convincingly justify why that one is better. It can't be done. At a total running time of 44:20 Illusive Golden Age is pretty easy to take in during a single listen and let it all in as a singular experience. I will say that Augury made a good choice in Mater Dolorosa as the first song released to promote the album as it is a great one for getting a feel of exactly what to expect from the album. I didn't personally have any doubts that Augury would deliver when they eventually managed to get a third album out, but this song certainly sealed the deal on a CD pre-order from me. Of course there was little doubt that I'd have bought it anyway, but that song was enough to know that I need this in my hands as soon as possible. This is the death metal album to beat in 2018. I have little faith that anyone will come close to what Augury achieved here though. The long wait is forgiven...though try not to leave it another nine years next time lads.

AUGURY Fragmentary Evidence

Album · 2009 · Technical Death Metal
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Augury’s “Fragmentary Evidence” is a very difficult album for me to review. I first picked it up some months ago when I had a bit of extra money for experimenting and Augury appeared on a list of suggested YouTube videos. I listened to a couple of snippets of their music and decided it was a challenge I was willing to take. But now, after several listens as well as individual song plays, I am still not sure what to make of it.

Augury come from Montreal, a hot place for extreme metal, and it’s no surprise to find similarities in their music with that of recent Gorguts. It’s easiest described as complex, technical, brutal, progressive death metal with melodic moments. There are spots where I find myself reminded of uneXpect, also from Montreal, but Augury are not nearly as eclectic in their music mélange. Perhaps another good band to compare Augury to would be Fallujah out of the U.S.

Augury’s music seems to be mainly based upon two simultaneous approaches: the total brutal assault of rhythm guitar and double bass drumming and the more technical and often melodic complement of lead guitar melodies and solos along with some adventurous bass work and percussion. In fact, it was how the bass guitar often stamped its presence in the music that convinced me to try the album in the first place.

The brutal part of the music would run dry pretty soon were it not for the more progressive/technical side. Sometimes I feel it’s like driving down a gravel road at high speed with a steady pummeling, rumble. At another moment, I likened it to listening to music played either live or from a stereo system that is powered by a gasoline generator. You can hear the melody in the music but the steady chugging cough of the generator rumbles on at high speed. The duality of the more technical part alongside the brutal part sometimes makes the music difficult to figure out and may seem like two songs playing at once. The opening of “Skyless” really could seem like two songs playing together, and when an extreme music fan friend of mine heard this song he said it was “stress music” because he feels stress listening to it.

But Augury offer something more interesting throughout the album. There are short surprise bits that show their progressive side such as the opening of “Jupiter Ignite” or the Animals as Leaders-type of playing at the beginning of “Oversee the Rebirth”. If you are familiar with uneXpect, then you might notice the similarity to that band when the female guest vocals come in on “Brimstone Landscapes” or perhaps the beginning of “Simian Cattle” with the pulled bass notes. It is for these occasional pit stops that I keep coming back to the album to try to better understand it.

As for the vocals, you’ll find three basic types: the throat-shredding screamer, the deep, incomprehensible death roar, and a hardcore punk style of vocals that sound like a pirate trying to sing a melody. Especially in “Sovereigns Unknown” there is a vocal melody that is sung very much like a pirate’s ode to the high seas. For my taste, these vocals are the weakest part of the album. At times they’re okay but mostly I get turned off by them. There is also the one guest female vocal part I mentioned above and as well a few whispered lines.

I’d say the most difficult thing about this album is picking out any favourites. No songs give me that excited rush or prickle under the skin. This is not music for feeling good or busting out of your stress bubble. This is complex and at times confusing. It’s almost like that experimental jazz that sounds like random toots, squeaks and honks except that this is more like seemingly unrelated machinegun blasts, exploding buildings, and pirate chanties. Once again though, I do enjoy the challenge of listening to this album and as I have no favourite tracks it’s easy enough to play the whole album through and just go along with the atmosphere.

AUGURY Concealed

Album · 2004 · Technical Death Metal
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Even though lead vocalist Patrick Loisel shifts between death growls and clean vocals, and Arianne Fleury contributes some female vocals here and there, make no mistake: Augury are a tough, hardline death metal group whose technical and progressive approach doesn't amount to an overall softening of their approach. Yes, the album has its quieter, acoustic moments, but in practice these are used to build tension and ensure that the more brutal moments hit all the harder. I'm not sure Augury are necessarily destined to rewrite the technical death metal rulebook, but Concealed is a decent enough exercise in the form which followers of this style will appreciate.

AUGURY Fragmentary Evidence

Album · 2009 · Technical Death Metal
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Fragmentary Evidence is the second full-length album from the Canadian death metal act Augury. Being released in 2009 the band left it a good while between studio albums since their debut Concealed was released in 2004. By the time of release the line-up had changed to include new drummer Antoine Baril but Concealed drummer Étienne Gallo actually played the drums so the core Augury line-up remains unchanged. They aren’t working with female vocalist Arianne Fleury any more however and did not replace her.

Compared to their debut Fragmentary Evidence is a much more standard affair of progressive/technical death metal. The removal of female vocals (apart from a guest slot from Unexpect’s Leïlindel) takes away one of the biggest atypical elements that Concealed had going for it, and there is nothing that screams avant-garde at me the way Beatus from Concealed did. Although the music is still very much death metal, it somehow feels a lot more tamed compared to the wild adventurous style of Concealed. It some ways that’s a disappointment but in others it’s a good thing as although this is still recognisable as Augury the band most certainly haven’t made the same record twice over and it certainly does not lack for merits of its own.

It’s not without its own surprises though, the biggest of these being the track Sovereigns Unknown which features the most use of frontman Patrick Loisel’s clean vocals that I’ve heard in an Augury track. Although he still uses his deep death metal growling in it it’s hard to really consider it a death metal track even with the music being in the same style as the rest of the album. Loisel’s clean voice puts me in mind of working in heavy or US power metal context’s the most but this track isn’t really either. To be honest although it lacks the instrumentation to make the claim valid, vocally it sounds very folk metal to me, of the Alestorm variety that is.

Still, despite the album not being overall as surprising or unique as Concealed was Fragmentary Evidence is easily a worthy follow-up to the masterful debut. There is just one blip with the opening track Aetheral which I think is Augury’s weakest track. It took me a lot of listens to get into this one compared to the rest of the album, which got my attention after just one listen and it’s still the only track from Fragmentary Evidence that I don’t love.

The rest of the album is masterful however. It may be more typical than atypical this time but Augury proves once again that they deserve to be counted among the best acts of the progressive death metal genre. Tracks such as Simian Cattle, Orphans of Living and most especially Jupiter to Ignite and Oversee the Rebirth are just as good as anything they delivered on Concealed. The level of technicality is amazing but they never sacrifice song writing or their status as a death metal act.

The album features a number of guest vocalists on several songs but I’d sooner put them done as cameo vocalists that all the contributions are so minimal that you’d miss them if you got distracted for even a moment. The most notable of them is probably Leïlindel on Brimstone Landscapes, whom being female has a naturally different tone to the horde of growlers appearing on Fragmentary Evidence. But she’s gone as quickly as she came as well. It all feels a little pointless really. None of them really detract from the album except in Aetheral so mostly them being here is neither here nor there. I do think Leïlindel in particular could have been used more though, as I do miss that extra level of uniqueness that Arianne Fleury’s vocals gave Concealed.

One thing I do have to say in Fragmentary Evidence’s favour over Concealed though is that Augury’s development as musicians is very evident. The guitar work of Patrick Loisel and Mathieu Marcotte is stunning and Dominic "Forest" Lapointe’s bass brings even more to the Augury sound than it did on Concealed. I like the fact that he uses some fretless bass on the album, as that always works really well in a progressive death metal sound.

If it were not for Aetheral dragging my overall experience of Fragmentary Evidence down some it may have actually dislodged Concealed from its status as the best death metal release I’ve ever heard, despite the fact I consider that album a true masterpiece worthy of a perfect score. As it is though I find myself more inclined not towards a masterpiece tier rating but rather an exceptional one instead. Still, when you’re only two albums into your career and are delivering albums as this high quality, I don’t think Augury fans are going to have much to sniff at with Fragmentary Evidence. Without Aetheral it easily would have been top tier though, possibly even a second perfect in a row.

9.3/10

(Originally written for Heavy Metal Haven (http://metaltube.freeforums.org))

AUGURY Concealed

Album · 2004 · Technical Death Metal
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Concealed is the debut album from Canadian progressive death metal act Augury which was released in 2004. The sound of the band is extreme, yet melodic and there are many atypical elements in the sound even for progressive death metal, such as the regular inclusion of female vocals, which are sometimes in an operatic style. Parts of the music could also be considered as avant-garde death metal, especially the opening track Beatus, the weirdest sounding piece on the album.

The weirdness of Beatus aside Concealed delivers much high quality material in the prog/tech death metal style which can easily also be considered as much brutal death metal, for the sound never lacks for intensity unless they purposely throws in a light section, which they are wont to do. The guitars are crushing and most of the growls deep and powerful. Augury does not make music for the casual listener. It’s very easy for the proggy death metal acts to be thrown into the same boat as ‘vanilla’ prog metal acts such as Dream Theater by many listeners (and sometimes this is justified, as with Opeth), but Augury leaves no room for doubt that their loyalties lie with death metal.

The best thing about that though is that Augury has no lack of progressive credentials either. They veer off the death metal path a lot in this album through use of those female vocals I mentioned and also with some clean male vocals as well. I’m just as impressed with Patrick Loisel’s cleans as much as I am with his growls. I expect if most death metal acts tried an album such as this the clean male vocals would be highly melodic, as in melodic death metal. Loisel’s singing voice has an edge to it that puts him in a different league to the clean vocalists of the melodeath style. His clean vocals wouldn’t be out of place in a number of non-extreme metal style including traditional metal, US power metal, and perhaps even some forms of folk metal but they’re definitely different for what clean vocals death metal normally has.

The prog comes in more forms than just vocal variation though. For example the album features a track called The Lair of Purity, the best track in my opinion, which features a lot of clean melodic guitar work as well as all three vocal styles. The opening melody is excellent and as far removed from death metal as you can get but before long the track builds up into Augury’s signature death metal sound with an added level of epic flavour that is quite unlike anything else I’ve heard. Every track offers something special however, but I have to single out Cosmic Migration and Alien Shores in this review as well, as personal favourites as least (along with Beatus).

The musicianship is excellent across the board but I have to give special mention to bassist Dominic "Forest" Lapointe who uses his instrument to add a whole extra dimension of Augury’s music. He’s easily one of the few bassists whose playing really demands that you take note of him.

Concealed is much more than a top quality debut album from Augury. It’s an album which they’ll never top (but hopefully one day equal) because it really doesn’t have a single flaw. It is an essential purchase for any death metal fan and a perfect rating is given whole-heartedly from me.

10.0/10

(Originally written for Heavy Metal Haven (http://metaltube.freeforums.org))

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Close competition from Nile, but here we have my favourite death metal act I think. I need that third album already!

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