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Album Review

California-based death metal band Abysmal Dawn were decent but unmemorable on their Relapse Records debut (and second album overall), 2008's Programmed to Consume. The vocals were guttural, the riffs downtuned and savage, the guitar solos full of squeals and squiggly riffs, the drumming complex but battering away with the precision of an atomic clock-powered jackhammer. This follow-up doesn't break much new ground, though there are some interesting choices, like the semi-orchestral intro track, "The Age of Ruin," which makes promises of drama and Wagnerian power that the songs themselves don't totally keep, or the percussive interstitial track "Our Primitive Nature." Fortunately, some of these songs are quite, well, catchy isn't exactly the word; this is still death metal, after all. But "In Service of Time" has ear-tugging hints of melody and a groove that'll make the listener bounce on the balls of his or her feet, and the vocals shift back and forth between the usual growls and some slightly higher-register screeching that's not quite a black metal shriek and approaches actual singing. "Rapture Renowned" has a Dimmu Borgir-like chorus, and a nice clean guitar break leading into a solo that builds slowly from long notes to tasteful shredding and back down again; it's really well-constructed, and is a sign of the band's overall evolution. They're still a death metal band and not making any attempts to be anything else, but fans of the genre may well raise their opinion of Abysmal Dawn after hearing this ambitious third effort.

Customer Reviews

Modern Death Metal

This is a really good death metal album from a band I've just discovered, even though they've been around a while. I find it to be a great mix of old-style DM song-writing and new production techniques. So there is a nice crunch to their guitar tones and a clean, clear and powerful edge to their overall sound that really satisfies. But it is not overly polished in the way that some modern tech death bands can sound. The vocalist is very good, and has a wide range of highs and lows (and even some creepy whispers in the final song). The songs themselves are great, and remind me slightly of bands such as Morbid Angel in style. It's good to see a new DM band not doing the tech thing and instead hark back to some of the things that made the style great in the first place. From the strength of this album I would say that Abysmal Dawn could certainly become a potent force in the DM world.

If I were to suggest one song to try it would be In Sevice Of Time, but really I recommend the whole album.

DEATH METAL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Worth buying! Heavy as hell!

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

West Coast death metal outfit Abysmal Dawn formed in 2003 around the talents of guitarist/vocalist Charles Elliott, guitarist Jamie Boulanger, bassist Carlos Arriola, and drummer Terry Barajas. The Los Angeles-based quartet's unique blend of thrash, grindcore, and black metal was first heard on a 2004 demo that circulated throughout the metal community to much fanfare. The band's full-length...
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