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Abominant: Where Demons Dwell
Death Metal
Deathgasm Records
October 29th, 2010
Release length: 38:54
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Abominant formed back in 1993, and it’s a remarkable story for this band. Sadly, the group never really broke out into popularity, and not all of their releases had been so well received, but the shocking thing about this group is that, since forming, there has only been two band members that departed, and they’ve stayed together since, even though all members are involved with other bands, including drummer Jim Higgins who is working with five other acts. However, the music the group performs has stayed pretty consistant from their early recordings, and that’s something to respect. But, given the previous efforts being hit or miss, the question is whether or not this effort will find it’s mark in the Death Metal community.

The album starts off with a audio clip that seems a little too long for what was needed, and could have been handled better considering how the music on “Baptized by Steel” starts. However, this introduction does fit the song itself nicely, as it coincides with the lyrical content of the track, which can be summed up by the title of the song in the first place. This track isn’t the most furious, but it’s somewhat faster pace, as well as the entire bite of the song it seems, is driven mostly by the drumming. This also seems to be the issue with many of the songs on this album. While the guitars aren’t that bad, on some of these tracks, they also aren’t anything special or original either, and ultimately just lack any great bite to them. “Firestorm” is the perfect example of how the drumming works in favor of the album, as the guitars often slow down to the point where it just sounds like a randomly added chord that doesn’t quite flow with the music to bridge certain riffs together, and once in a while, in those little gaps, you’ll hear the drummer try to do something a little more technical, but the problem is that these technical bits wind up coming off silly and hurt the song. The music here is very simple, and doesn’t really need anything too technical, especially something that sounds like the music is skipping along in a playful, childish manner. Outside of those instances though, the music to “Firestorm” is as enjoyable as it comes off standard practice Death Metal.

Another aspect of the album that shows promise is the vocals. While these have never really been a problem, especially on more recent Abominant releases, the range on this album is rather impressive, and feeds into the old-school Death Metal vibe that this band continues to play. “Bloodland” becomes the first song on this release to really have much of an impact on the listener, as well as one of the few songs that don’t rely heavily on the drumming to push the song along. While the guitar work to many other tracks seems to take some inspirations from Black Metal performances by acts such as Dissection, which is common on their releases, this track brings in that kind of performance, mixed with more of a Swedish Death Metal melody. Combine this with the fantastic guitars and wide vocal range, and this song shows the fangs that this band has. Of course, this sets the tone for much of the album, which is the song will either be a strong hit or just a general miss. Of course, the guitar solos on this album are fantastic, and proves to be one of the most consistantly enjoyable aspects of this release.

“Rain of Ash” winds up being another stronger track here, running between the somewhat Blackened guitar chord compositions, but also with that slight hint of Swedish melody. While the song sometimes doesn’t have the same kick to it that “Bloodland” has, the more melodic moments that don’t rely solely on fast paced drumming that just falls short of blast beats really makes the song and flows nicely. The vocals on this track are great too, being a very strong gutteral approach, but also reaching a nice, higher pitched shriek, just shy of being what some would consider a banshee wail. “The Wolves of Hate” also makes for a fantastic track, and really stands out as the best on the release. This track has some fantastic music going on with it, having a very dark and haunting feel to it, and, personally, gives off a feeling of an old Universal Films monster movie setting at times, such as The Wolfman, but of course that atmosphere will be open for interpretation. Either way, this is a very powerful song, having some of the deepest Death Metal gutterals on any of the tracks as well, and the transitions between the melancholic melody of the guitars and the intense blast beats is seemless and in no way sounds forced. The guitar solo is also phenomenal, and as equally rich in atmosphere, closing out the song nicely, even though the song fades out really quick, which is honestly didn’t need and kind of hurts the closing experience.

Where Demons Dwell is far from a bad CD, and showcases some songs that are as catchy as they are intense. Outside of those tracks, the album features some really chaotic music that utilizes the blast beat concept well to push the songs along. The only problem is that the music on some of these tracks just doesn’t have the same bite as the stand out tracks mentioned above, and while they aren’t necessarily boring additions, they don’t really make the listener want to stick around for many repeat listens, which seems to be a curse with this band. There’s no denying that Abominant‘s ninth studio full-length boasts some great tracks and is a solid Death Metal release that deserves some attention.

01. Baptized by Steel – 5:52
02. Bloodland – 3:48
03. Firestorm – 4:23
04. Rain of Ash – 4:35
05. After the Fallout – 5:42
06. The Wolves of Hate – 3:54
07. Blackened Earth – 4:33
08. Where Demons Dwell – 6:07
Overall Score: 6.5/10


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