Category Archives: Deathcore

Abhor – Abhor

This self-titled EP by US DM/djent band Abhor begins with an intro that approaches you like a predator, slowly but with brutal intentions; a wicked synthesis of BDM and Djent begins, as a downtuned guitar seething with anger beats you down to a pulp. Promising? maybe. Disappointment is a promise too sometimes.

Expecting imminent sonic punishment on track two, you are instead treated to a beautiful piano prelude, when suddenly a set of colorful guitar leads erupt, together creating a surprisingly diverse sound. Accompanied by death vocals, the downtuned beatdown of guitars returns to this song(“BAMFasaurus Rex” is its title), feeling a tad too familiar and monotonous, however when the leads and piano come back, the combination is intriguing, if not fascinating.

Track three “Trifecta” begins with a more traditional DM groove, but the guys in Abhor can’t seem to go on for long without their breakdown fix – can you guess where this is going? anyway, trying to handle these two styles together successfully in the short time frame of 4 minutes feels a bit forced, and had me rather confused here.

Neverest” shows Abhor implementing more elements of Djent & Mathcore, once again arriving at a breakdown of sorts, when suddenly clean vocals appear out of nowhere. Live, this is probably the point where the oldschool DM crowd leaves the concert. Hey guys! don’t leave me here alone!!

This album is very, very “Core”, and whoever titled it “Progressive Death Metal” seriously needs to be slapped in the face. If you like the whole “Modern” Djent\Core style and want to hear it together along with some more traditional metal, who knows – this might be your thing. But to me, this union of styles seems unholy – in the bad sense of the word. The whole chugging thing can have its place in metal, but there’s nothing progressive about it for the most part, and saying otherwise is a mocking to real extreme prog metal groups like Opeth, Edge of Sanity and Gorod, to name a few.

Putting this little rant aside, I’m not saying Abhor don’t have any good ideas – they do and these initially drew my attention. However, those enchanting leads, those piano touches heard in the beginning of the record quickly vanish as if they had never existed. Why? Call it a lack of experience by the band, or maybe an incoherent creative vision. The bottom line is this album lacks innovation and falls flat.



Born Of Osiris – The New Reign & The New Album

Born of Osiris are a bit of a surprise for me. Hearing the band’s name usually made me think of a thousand horrible xcore copycat bands(I only liked ASP), but turns out that’s a bit far from truth. While core bands usually water down the genre into a somewhat simplified form, these guys re-infuse our senses with technical riffs, cool song structures and even melodies. I decided to first check their earlier material – The New Reign. This album’s sound is similar to The Faceless on the awesome “Akeldama”, But certainly has only death metal hints in it, relying more on the core-ish side of things. That means the breakdown thing is everywhere, but it is always played in style; technical, proggy, or laid upon some epic lead\ synth pad – and these almost never repeat themselves.  Also, no song drags on beyond more than 2-3 three minutes, which might be too short for some people, But i think it helps to define this album and differentiate BOO from other bands. They found a formula that works for them, which you can sum up as smart but pure head-banging fun – and they don’t stray from that path. This, however, changes much on the new album – for the good and the bad:

The Discovery opens up with the promising & incredibly epic “Follow The Signs“, which actually has Meshuggah-esque riff going on. You can feel right away that you’re dealing with a different kinda beast, now merging the  style of The New Reign with a fresh & broader approach regarding melodies on guitars and synth\keys. The result is this “spacy” and grandoise feel that is introduced in every song, on the intro or chorus etc. This is done very tastefully at first, so when a certain atmoshpere is formed it will merge with the other instruments, and not drag on unnecessarily or mean no headbanging. the pop-like synth line on “Singularity” surprisingly works well alongside the guitars, and so does the electronic-like lead on “Recreate“.  BUT , from the 6th track this gets quite experimental, with toy-like sounding keys really taking over the song at times. Melodies really get center stage, while electronic loops & clean vocals start creeping in too. Oh man..The weirdest part is probably on “dissimulation”, where you get this sort of..Irish dancing music thing going on !? I’m too weirded out to explain..

Born of osiris dive into some kind of musical exploration thing with The Discovery , and you can find here everything from melodic riffs to noodling solos, some blastbeats and even one or two quiet songs. Well, of course you can, there are 15 songs on this album! 15. Not joking! with the last one clocking at 5:50 minutes. Needless to say, this album is very different from The New Reign. I’m not against long songs or experimental metal, but I prefer the style of the old album: smart ,yet to the point. This might have something to do with my personal taste, as I am somewhat of an oldschool guy. Still, I respect the band, and some songs here are great,  So You should check The Discovery as it might be your thing. The New Reign is certainly awesome.