AG's classic second album; seeing their early 90s death metal influences left behind for a more of crust/mince/hardcore oriented sound. New artwork, new mix and mastering! With their second full length Agathocles had finally grown up finding the right balance between the majority of their influences, quality songwriting and giving it all a decent but not too sterile or mainstream nor sloppy production.
The performance here is outstanding. Jan has learned to play bass more than decently, drummer Burt once again proves he is one of the ultimate drummers in grind and crustcore and ?new? guitarist Steve plays his parts with ease, which makes the album sound very professional.
There?s not much death metal left but the amount of crustcore and hardcore punk rhythms has increased. Songs like ?Sentimental Hyprocrisy? had already been written in their earlier days with Chris on guitar, but when Steve joined Agathocles, this kind of songs became more prominent in the Agathocles set. Also very refreshing was the grindcore/reggae blend on ?Europe's Fairy Tale?.
Black Clouds Determinate is definitely a top 3 Agathocles album and this period in their career proved very fruitful.