AGATHA: Gravis Atque Gravior: LP

This is the Italian Agatha, not the band from Olympia, and they’re a drums-and-bass two-piece, but with none of the ickiness that that implies. Gravis Atque Gravior (Latin for Heavier and Heavier) is a dark and brooding thing, riff-heavy and menacing, and, if nothing else, remarkable for its fullness of sound. This record sounds like a lot more than two people at work. Unfortunately to my uneducated ear, words like “stoner doom” keep coming to mind—they just have this tendency to ride a slow and singular riff into oblivion—but preferences notwithstanding, the band is certainly excellent at what they do. 

 –keith (Chaos Rurale)