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ABSCESS - Through the Cracks of Death - CD - Peaceville

review by: Matt Smith

This Californian band has been around since '94. The creation of Chris Reifert (drums, vocals, and bass) and Danny Coralles (guitars) from Autopsy, Abscess is a pretty crazy-sounding band.

This album's production is pretty dirty, which suits the band's style well. The musicianship is good, but it seems almost punkish in its flavor - intense, loud, fast, distorted, and they've got some, uh, unique-sounding vocals. The two voices blend together well, but one of them sounds almost like a monster from the Muppets trying to sound scary. This also fits well with the rest of it - I can imagine more than a few times I've heard voices like a file rubbing against a metal pipe in somebody's basement over some good but relatively sloppy instrumentation.

There's not much variation within this album, either - after a few songs, they all start to sound the same. Similar guitar chords coat the same punk-sounding drum rhythm with hardly a change in tempo. Not to say there aren't a few different-sounding sections, but not nearly enough. Abscess is pretty entertaining, but I don't see myself listening to this album too often in the future.

 

 

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