Sep 052023

Imagine a Venn diagram. In one circle are fans of Star Trek: Voyager. In the other are fans of crushing, crawling, and careening sludge and death metal. In the intersection is where you’ll find the Australian band AGLO and its debut album Build Fear.

How big is the intersection? Who can say? Granted, it’s unlikely that AGLO will be invited to play a Voyager con, but it’s wonderful to imagine the stunned looks that would produce. Most people there would run for the exits in horror. Some would stay ’til the bitter end, either relishing the experience or too scared to move, and the size of the intersection would expand.

Yes it’s true that AGLO‘s new album, which will be released by Brilliant Emperor Records on November 10th, is entirely based on storylines from Star Trek: Voyager episodes. It’s also true that if you’re a fan of such bands as Crowbar, Incantation, Eyehategod, and Morbid Angel, you’ll find yourself rooted in place ’til the album’s bitter end, whether you care about Voyager or not. Continue reading »

Feb 082023


If I had had my wits about me I would have asked where Melbourne-based Aaron Osborne got the name for his solo death metal project AGLO. It sounds like “aglow”, but the only glow generated from the music is the kind of radiation from thermonuclear detonations that turns stone into molten glass. “Aglo” is also the Esperanto term for “eagle”, and there is indeed a ruthless raptor-like quality to the music as well (with listeners playing the role of field mice).

But it probably refers to neither of these things, especially since AGLO is inspired by Star Trek, and especially by the Borg, those cybernetic organisms whose mission is to assimilate the technology and organisms of other species into the hive-mind Collective that’s intent on achieving a kind of soul-devouring perfection. Perhaps AGLO is an acronym… and perhaps we’ll find out and let you know later.

But for now the focus should be on AGLO‘s new EP Into the Maze, which will be released by the wonderfully named label Gutter Prince Cabal on February 16th, and even more specifically on the song we’re premiering today — “Collector“. Continue reading »