How does a band with 20 years of history behind them gets to deal with a new challenge?
Agnes Vein, one of Greece's most prominent underground bands have found themselves in yet another crossroad, amidst one of the most endearing times in recent history. 2021 will carry within the deep marks that 2020 has left in all of us and will demand a new approach, a fearless stance and a clear disposition.
One could argue this is not the first time the seasoned doom/black metal band from Thessaloniki has come up against a tough situation. Ever since the "...Of Chaos And Law" EP appeared in 2004 and the long line of liveshows and releases started to unravel, the road hasn't always been favorable. Unlike most young bands, they took the time necessary to prepare and release their debut album, making sure that the exprerience from sharing the stage with Manilla Road and Brocas Helm among others could leave a scar on the process.
The year was 2010 by now and the relationship with Venerate Industries would form and be ever present, in its own unique way. "Duality" was one of the albums that made an impression in the underground metal scene manifesting the influences of Bathory, Candlemass, Neurosis and Celtic Frost and actually came to be a landmark for them. Making sure to pick the live shows carefully, the time between the debut album and the follow-up record was filled with shows alongside Electric Wizard, Primordial and Rotting Christ [...].
The refined brewing process that is the preparation for an Agnes Vein album took another 3 years, without any shortcuts and by the spring of 2013, "Soulship" came to define again the status of the band, driven by a much darker and experimental mood. The slow, heavy and bleak sentiment of the record wore off on the whole band's existence and in the years that followed the struggles would mount up.
A line-up change, endless friction of matured influences and a deep consideration marked the new era, that was also highlighted by a number of headline shows as well as joined appearances with Neurosis and Mantar. The most recent chapter in the story has shaped out to be the longest one, with album adjustments taking up to 7 years, bringing the sound closer to undefined dark soundscapes and sardonic instrumentation.