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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