|Death Metal, Punk
Peaceville Records Tyrant Syndicate Productions
March 15th, 2010
Release length: 52:25
On this release, Abscess have once again returned to a more raw production sound, but haven’t quite shifted away from the clearer recording. While the whole production sounds like something that would adorn earlier metal recordings by bands like Venom or Possessed, there’s still some modern day sharp production qualities on the instruments, as well as the echoing vocals. Either way, this really helps the album out, making the release sound very menacing and, with many tracks like “Goddess of Filth and Plague” as well as the interlude track “The Rotting Land”, more violent or brutal, with the additional punk riffs and kicks really working well with the release to amplify that feeling.
While “The Rotting Land” isn’t really a song, acting more as an ambient interlude between the music, it deserves to be mentioned as it reflects the atmosphere of what the band is going for on this release, even if the start of the track leaves you a little disapointed, jumping from really fast paced intense music, into a slow and Hellish-building ambience with the vocalist screaming. You also have the very dark and melancholic track “Dead Haze”, which is a very impressive song that is of a much slower pace and has a very melancholic feel to it that the other tracks on here often have, but nowhere near as intense. If anything, these two tracks really showcase the band’s talent to create a very dark atmosphere to their recordings, which makes songs like “What Have We Done to Ourselves” and “Goddess of Filth and Plague” really stick out.
There’s not much in the way of negative aspects to the material found here outside of a few issues. “Never Sane Again” has a section where the music slows down considerably to the point where it sounds like the band isn’t even playing, and in the end it just feels like it was done to extend the length of the song, which was not needed as it was already pretty intense without it. Then you have the more Doom sounding track “Dawn of Inhumanity”, which doesn’t really fit with the flow of the album, being rather bland compared to some of the more intense and brutal feeling tracks on here. The only other thing on this release worth mentioning is not necessarily a bad thing, but moreso confusing. The track “Black Winds of Oblivion”, yet another track on here that is far from bad, just suddenly cuts off four minutes into the song and goes into a guitar playing the same riff over and over, slowly building up to go back into the music for a killer ending with music that was playing before it all just stopped.
Dawn Of Inhumanity is a great album, even with it’s few flaws and the title track being a bit out of place. Aiming for the more brutal sound the band was known for, much of it lives up to that quality, while some tracks come off varied with mixtures of that feeling with something else, such as fury or absolute loneliness. If you have never heard an Abscess album before, make Dawn Of Inhumanity your next purchase. The band’s ability to weave an album that acts almost as a saga taking place in a veritable wasteland will have you head banging along with your jaw dropped in awe.
01. Goddess of Filth and Plague – 4:14
02. Torn from Tomorrow – 4:16
03. Never Sane Again – 6:21
04. Dawn of Inhumanity – 5:32
05. The Rotting Land – 4:27
06. Dead Haze – 5:32
07. What Have We Done to Ourselves? – 5:22
08. Dark Side of a Broken Knife – 4:27
09. Divine Architect of Disaster – 5:27
10. Black Winds of Oblivious – 6:48
|Overall Score: 7.5/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Peaceville Records via Fresno Media.