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Abacinate: Genesis
Death Metal
Epitomite Records
January 18th, 2011
Release length: 40:54
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Abacinate return with their follow-up full-length, Genesis, which follows their debut full-length effort, Ruination. Yes, these are both titles of releases from Job for a Cowboy, except in reverse order, but luckily Abacinate is not a tribute to the band I must call pioneering in the loosest way possible. While the band may have gone the way of straight forward Death Metal over the years, they have not been able to really pull off an exciting and enthralling album. While the influence of this band is evident through Genesis, this release shows a more mature, and often superior, Death Metal recording…for the most part.

The first thing that needs to be pointed out on Genesis is the rap. Yes, there is rap on this release, and it showcases an early Winds of Plague approach to the material. While the album starts out well enough, and has some really intense music on “Purveyors of Scum” and “Necroplunger”, the album seems to take a bit of an insulting change on the track “Purveyors of Scum” where there is a build up to what you expect to be a breakdown, and all of a sudden a screaming rapper comes in and starts spouting off in a typical white boy fashion. Of course, the band then immediately switches to what seems like a mixture of Exhumed or Dying Fetus with Black Dahlia Murder for “Necroplunger”, an intense song that utilizes higher pitched screaming against deeper gutteral, but for the most part are spaced out nicely between verses and chorus. While it’s a little on the unoriginal side, the song is still very intense from start to finish, lacks a random rapper, and actually has plenty of intensity throughout. This winds up being something that some of the openning tracks lack, like “Night of the desirable Objects” and “Disturbing Remedies for a Desperate Disease”, which have a slightly lighter approach that focuses on trying to make the Groove/-core like music simply sound heavy, though it isn’t, much like one of today’s Job for a Cowboy releases.

Of course, after “Necroplunger”, things shake up for the better. The aforementioned Exhumed influence becomes more of a pivotol piece to the band’s success, and the songs become stronger, heavier, and ultimately far more brutal and mature. “The Natural Disasters” features a breakdown, and it’s not the first, but it’s one of the more impressive and well done breakdowns of the release, and while it does kind of slow down the release, there is no denying that it does manage to match the overall heaviness of the release, and they seem to just get better with each passing song. “A Harmless Walk” has some great transitions into the breakdown, which manages to keep the intensity up and feel like a natural part of the track, and “An American Obsession” kicks in, and also features a well done breakdown that is on part with “An American Obsession”. This track also features some great traditional Heavy Metal riffs in the music, as does “Laughing in the Dark Part I” and many others, and they are just subtle moments that sound excellent on it. Aside that, there are some random Thrash influences here and there, but the most obvious is “Laughing in the Dark Part II” which is just blistering at the start and has some slight two-step action going on while it just hammers away at the listener, though it does take on an bit of a Hard Rock feel when it dies down into a bass Groove.

One other thing that is a little odd about Genesis is the constant use of audio samples. Again, this sounds like an inspiration from another Deathcore act, Dr. Acula, but some of the samples are somewhat suiting for the songs. However, for the most part, they are executed the same way. The sample will start at the end of a song, and then bleed into the start of the next track for a few seconds. The only one that genuinely stands out is the introduction on “Laughing in the Dark Part I”, which is actually a sample of the theme music for the old Nickelodeon program Are You Afraid of the Dark?, which is just a piece of nostalgia that many newer metal fans more then likely will not get. The same goes for another sample used in “Laughing in the Dark Part II”, which states the title of the song, but is a clip from the same show that involved two kids taking the red nose off a fake clown in a carnival ride called Laughing in the Dark, which turned out to be real and went after them. So, again, something new fans of metal may not get. Of course, another reference that seems to be made is to the show Married… With Children with the title of the track “The Bundy Curse”, a statement that is hinted at to the Bundy family in that sitcom, which is established at the end of the song with a sample of the show with Al Bundy leading the family with a “Whoa, Bundy!”.

Once you make it further into the album, past the Job for a Cowboy worship and the rap and all the other bull that causes this CD to have a limping start out of the gate, Genesis proves to be a very strong album with plenty of well performed tracks. Sure, the band clearly has a lot of influence from other acts, and often seems to abuse those inspirations to lead to material that isn’t quite that original, but the execution is fantastic and the songs are all heavy and can often sound brutal through the sheer intensity, and the distortion utilized on the guitars. The vocals sound perfect for the recording, both the higher pitched screams and deep gutterals, and it nicely shows the talent and potential that Abacinate actually has.

01. Night of the Desirable Objects – 4:43
02. Disturbing Remedies for a Desperate Disease – 3:23
03. Purveyors of Scum – 4:04
04. Necroplunger – 3:04
05. The Natural Disasters – 4:20
06. A Harmless Walk – 3:37
07. An American Obsession – 4:09
08. Laughing in the Dark Pt. I – 3:20
09. Laughing in the Dark Pt. II – 5:22
10. The Bundy Curse – 4:52
Overall Score: 6.5/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by Epitomite Records via Clawhammer PR.