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Album Review

If you were to make a "death metal checklist," all of the genre's prerequisites are met on the 2008 release by Abysmal Dawn, Programmed to Consume. In case you're unfamiliar with what these basics are, they would include guttural growls so deep they might make the Cookie Monster envious, metronome-perfect drumming, Slayer-esque riffing and soloing, blazing fast tempos, etc. The Los Angeles-based quartet has been slugging it out since 2003, and five years into Abysmal Dawn's career, they have turned into a band that can match pretty much any other group in the genre. And while musically and sonically they may sound quite similar to other extreme metal bands, judging from their song titles they do not succumb to the expected "Satan is the greatest" themes; in fact, upon first glancing at such titles as "Programmed to Consume," "Aeon Aomegas," and "Cease to Comprehend," you may be led to believe that Abysmal Dawn could even be a "thinking man's metal" act.

Customer Reviews

look ma, no breakdowns

Breakdowns are a guy thing. Most girls couldn't care less about these slow moving, testosterone pumping phonema. There are no breakdowns on Programmed To Consume, and it's nice. Instead listeners can expect a solid 37 minutes of old school-ish death metal with growling vocals backed by steady guitars and rumbling drums. There are also no funny time changes or goofy wheetely-wheetley-wee guitar solos. Tradition is the key here. The elements used on this album are all already proven techniques. The end result is brutality.

Death metal is still here in 2008!

And with other releases that are as good as Programmed to Consume, (Belphegor's Bondage Goat Zombie Meshuggah's Obzen, Amon Amarth's Twilight of the Thundergod) Abysmal Dawn is slowly crawling up to the top of my death meath favorites. What draws me to this awesome death metal group is the metronome, creative, fast/pummiling drumming!! Just take a listen to the Compulsory Ressurection, and Grotesque Modern Art. Each track on this album is amazing but I would recommend to buy those two tracks if you are on a fixed income like I am. F*****g economy... anyways this should be in the top death metal releases for 08. Recommend to fans of Nile, Cannibal Corpse, Bloodbath, and Origin.

A must buy for any Death Metal fan

this is a good, solid, and noisy death metal release with nice guitar riffs and hooks. The best track s Walk the Path of Fire. My favorite is Aeon Aomegas. If you like Cannibal Corpse buy tracks 1+4, and Twilight's Fallen and Cease to Comprehend are the heaviest. Track 5+6 are creepy and are more for fans of Black Metal, especially the Descent.


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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