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Review: The Absence - Riders of the Plague
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Riders of the Plague

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2007
Duration: 55:23
Tracks: 12
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: August 24, 2007
Reviewed by: The Lord of Hate
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Riders of the Plague

Rated 3.71/5 (74.29%) (7 Votes)
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I've pretty much steered clear of Melodic Death Metal in the past few years, being rather bored with the genre. Florida's The Absence have chosen this style over the Floridian Death Metal sound that has been hammering our ears for the past 20 years or so. I wouldn't go as far as to say they have reconciled me with the genre, but I've been spinning this bad boy quite a bit since I got it and I'm liking it more with every listen.

"Riders of the Plague" has an added Death/Thrash edge to it, while remaining predominantly Gothenburg-style Melodic Death Metal. One could draw some comparison with In Flames and Arch Enemy in their best (musical) years, and even The Crown for the more thrashier material. The best parts are by far the guitars – razor-sharp when needed, but with a lot of strategically-placed catchy melodies, along with a few kick ass solos. The vocals are a bit unidimensional but still fit well within the material.

The inclusion of more Death/Thrash elements gives an edge to this release - rather than contenting themselves with playing copycats, The Absence have produced a good blend of genres that strikes a good balance between aggressivity and melody, and the result allows them to float head above an overcrowded genre.


Track Listing:
  1. Riders of the Plague
  2. Dead and Gone
  3. The Murder
  4. Echos
  5. World Divides
  6. Prosperity
  7. Untitled
  8. Awakening
  9. Merciless
  10. Into the Pit (Testament cover)
  11. The Victorious Dead
  12. Outro
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