Instrumentals can sometimes hit the nail on the head and really take you places while you listen. Rise of the Aggros by Aggros is one of those albums that makes you rock out one minute, then transports you to another land effortlessly and comfortably the next. This incredible album dropped on March 1st, 2023, and is available to purchase through Bandcamp or the Aggros website here.
Parris Mayhew, formerly of the Cro-Mags, is the mastermind behind this invention and has brought some more talented musicians along for the ride; Cobz (drums), Chuck Lenihan (guitar), and Dierk Peters (piano and organs), while Mayhew of course on the guitar and bass. The album is a full experience that should be heard from beginning to end. It is a journey with heavy riffs and guitar solos that transition to elegant piano elements and organ melodies. Cobz drumming is next-level fast and heavy hitting. Lenihan is a beast on the guitar and this work continues to show that. Peters has a beautiful interpretation that adds so much to the songs. Mayhew is doing what he does best, and no one will be surprised at the savvy he continues to bleed. The videos add an extra visual representation of life in New York as Mayhew remembers it at the peak of his adolescence. It is truly a breathtaking encounter all around.
Mayhew was kind enough to sit down with Metal Nation and discuss this album in full detail. (If you are viewing from your phone, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click “View Desktop Version” to gain interview and videos access).