Renï¿½ : Agressor belongs to the first wave of French death/thrash bands like Loudblast, Massacra, Mercyless and started in 1986. When they started they sounded more as bands like Dark Angel and Slayer, but gradually they moved more in a death metal direction (somewhat Vader-like). This double CD contains the original recordings of the album 'Symposium Of Rebirth' from 1996 and a completely re-recorded version of that album. Strangely enough CD 1 contains the re-recorded version with some previously unknown material and CD 2 the original one with some extra tracks with a different mix. Me, I always prefer original stuff because of the fact that I was there when that stuff came out and I guess I'm also some kind of musical puritan. Music and recording wise however, the re-recorded stuff is far superior than the original stuff so I can understand some people will not agree with me, but hey, that's a personal opinion. Musicwise it's not all brutal death/thrash, the band also incorporated some classical and even opera elements, which is also open for debate. All together a worthwhile re-release that will keep me entertained for quite a while.