Release DetailsLABEL Epitomite Productions
RELEASED ON 5/1/2008
posted on 6/2008 By:
I’m sorry Abacinate, your effort of crumbly, dual vocaled, grindy, breakdowny hardcore/death metal/grindcore is commendable, but in competing with the likes of Whitechapel, Catalepsy and Carnifex, you are simply not up to snuff.
No matter how many samples you add into the now ridiculously, saturated pseudo death metal/deathcore/nu-grindcore genre, it lives and dies by the breakdown, and as much as I love them, Abacinate are simply not as good as their peers at it. Throw in the fact that Abacinate are really a hardcore sheep wearing death metal clothing, and much of the filler is pretty empty and derivative, Abacinante’s full length debut is little more than a footnote at the bottom of deathcore.
Like I stated, the effort is there, the super deep inward growls are there, the screams are there, the blast beats are there, the breakdowns are there, even the decent production is there, but the parts don’t come together to form anything more than average, and average won't cut it in such a crowded scene.
Growler Ian Neal sounds like every other vocalist in the genre and the material is, while technically competent, just ‘there’. I’m rarely unmoved by breakdowns, as even Cholera showed, but on Ruination, absolutely nothing gets my head moving for some reason, no matter how many bass drops. Abacinate just don’t have the “it” factor. More death metal based, lurching tracks like “The Nuremburg Code”, “Delerium Tremens” and "Sadist Misogynist", come ever so close to being above average, but then clumsy tracks like “These Things Were Meant to Kill You”, forced melodics of “She Gave up the Ghost” and fored tech stagger and sudden hardcore shouts and acoustics of "How I Would Have Done It" go all over the place and derail any positive momentum. If Abacinate would keep it simple and breakdown based, they would be a bit more listenable, as they have some modicum of ability.
Ruination, is not truly bad, it’s an ok CD. It's just not quite deathcore and not quite death metal. And it's not like I’m suddenly not enjoying this genre, but material released by bands in the opening paragraph have raised the bar and Ruination is destined to get lost in the shuffle, and not listened to again by these ears.
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