|Review: Blastfame - Abstract Evolution|
Label: Neoblast Records
Year released: 2001
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: April 17, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)
Blastfame are from the Canadian death metal hotbed that is Montreal. I first heard the band when they opened for Tsjuder in Ottawa in March 2001 and pretty much liked their performance. "Abstract Evolution" is their debut album, and a good debut it is. Going against the disturbing "trend" of playing the most notes per second, Blastfame opted to give the listener some breathing room by adopting a somewhat more relaxed style that at times remind me of God Dethroned and at other times a little more of a mix between Immolation and Incantation. What you get as a result is an album that is far from monotonous, with quite a bit of variety, even more emphasized by the occasional riff that seems to come straight from classic heavy metal (insert my smile here :)). The vocals are not too guttural, which for this writer is a big plus as I can't stand the very deep growls that some death metal bands use. The band's live show was quite entertaining when I saw them last year, and I have to admit that this album not only lives up to my expectations, but exceeds them as well. Hell, for me to listen to a death metal album six times in a row, it has to be good! :)
The production is also surprisingly good for a first effort on a relatively small label, it seems like the guys made good use of whatever budget they had. The booklet is also well done and includes the lyrics. I don't know if Blastfame will manage to get themselves noticed in the current sea of death metal bands, but they sure seem to have what it takes to make it. Highly recommended.
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