Self-release, Blood Harvest Records (2014)
May, 2013 / September 8th, 2014
Release length: 10:55
“Plague Winds” starts with haunting winds with some backwards spoken gutturals in the first thirty seconds, giving way to raw Death Metal with a higher pitch overall. The cymbals and high hats often sound clipped against the incredibly sharp guitars and mild bass presence, all of which seems unnaturally hushed for some reason. The vocals aren’t too deep, but the mid-range depth is a welcome contrast the music that is meant to be grim and haunting in an Incantation manner, but in the end doesn’t quite have the same bite overall, especially with how robotic and unoriginal the final product ends up being, especially the boring delivery of the vocals.
“Diseased Angels,” however, sounds a bit thicker and less higher in pitch, but a bit more hushed compared to the previous offering. While the latter of that statement is a drawback, it does allow the once bland vocals to have a little more power, backed by a much stronger twanging bass guitar presence that isn’t nearly blanketed by the once sharp distortions that are far more blunt and powerful here. The lyrics do still suffer some robotic delivery at times, but this happens more when the words are crammed together and forced to fit, or start late due to a quick gasp of air, such as around the two-and-a-half minute mark. Of course, given the raw nature of this recording, you can’t really fault Duane’s brief game of catch-up because the guy is human and needs oxygen to continue.
In the end, Tributions of the Abyss isn’t the most inspiring of raw Death Metal recordings, nor is it all that unique. Most of the time the music just sounds bare bones and incredibly familiar to fans who enjoy ritualistic sounding Death Metal from the dredged depths of the genre. But when you consider it was a self-financed first outing that seems to initially have forged only to promote the band’s existence instead of a high priced ticket item to pick up at shows or your local independent record store, a little slack is more than considerable. Of course had the audio that appears on “Diseased Angels” been present during “Plague Winds” instead of that higher, sharper output, this definitely would have made a stronger impression overall regardless of how the band went about recording it all. However you decide to hear Tribulations of the Abyss, whether it be tracking down the CD version or picking up one of the vinyls, the end result will remain the same: Kurnuglia shows off a good deal of potential for future releases, but you won’t find yourself running back to experience this one all that often.
01. Plague Winds – 5:08
02. Diseased Angels – 5:48
|Initial Pressing Score: 6/10