Monday, March 9, 2015

Album Review: "Heretical Anatomy" by Abyss

Heretical Anatomy
Ahh, Canada. The Great White North.

It's one of my favorite countries and I've been lucky enough to visit it three times.

I will admit to having been a bit let down by the vaunted Canadian dish, poutine, but I suppose I can let that go and just accept that we all have our dishes that don't always measure up to those unaccustomed to them.

I love the climate, the hockey, the beer, and their attitudes up there. I'd love to live in the Greater Toronto Area, and speaking of which...

Today let's take a look at a brand new band who've just signed their first record contract: Abyss. 20 Buck Spin is going to be releasing their debut LP this spring and we gave it a listen here.

Abyss rocking the Flying V.
Heretical Anatomy is a record that's full of that classic grindcore/death metal that many of us just can't get enough of.

The vocals are ghoulish and harsh. Thinking of a slightly different Carcass kind of sound. Unlike the classic Heartwork, the vocals aren't right up front in the mix.

Their being held back in the sound makes them a bit more atmospheric and frankly, more metal.

The guitars have all of the smoothness and subtlety of a rough hewn 2 X 4.

The riffs are 100% purebred, old school death metal. Palm muted riffing and ripping chords. The rhythm tracks knock it out of the park.

The leads are shrilly and underused which makes the solos that appear on the record more special and create better breaks in the music.

My only complaint about the record is the recording of the drums. Death metal drumming has a very particular sound. The snare, just like Deicide and the other big boys, is right up front and thundering. The bass drums and toms is where the problem comes in for me.

They're just too low in the mix. I would wager the hardest job a producer and engineer can do is properly record a death metal drummer. Hitting that sweet spot is rarely achieved.

Abyss isn't reinventing the wheel, but they're churning out some quality music that's well worth a spot in your record collection.

Release: 4/14/15
Genre: Death Metal
Label: 20 Buck Spin

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