|Review: Abaddon Incarnate - Dark Crusade|
Label: Xtreem Music
Year released: 2004
Review online: October 13, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3/5 (60%) (4 Votes)
I'm usually not too keen on anything remotely grindcore, but "Dark Crusade" is more of a death metal album with some grindcore elements; very little in fact that it doesn't detract the diehard anti-core that I am from enjoying this stuff. With 16 songs totalling just over 32 minutes, don't go expecting some epic material or anything (the longest song here is a little under 3 minutes.) What you get is an incessant barrage of speedy riffs and blasting drums, along with the obligatory death-style growls (with a few screeches here and there for seasoning...) Despite being "pedal to the metal" almost from beginning to end, there's actually some intelligible riffs in there, even a few that are quite memorable. I like it when I remember something once an album is done playing. :) There's even a few slower moments such as on "Hour of the Dog" that are a good prelude to the hyperblasting that immediately follows - interestingly some parts of this song remind me of some song by Carpathian Forest (note that overall this material sounds nothing like C.F., it's just a short part of this song.) It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a release of the sort - i.e. short songs played at hyperspeed - and this one I must say flows pretty well. I just wish I had the lyrics because I have no idea what he's growling about. Also useful as background music to cut off the noise from your office co-workers. :) Recommended.
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