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Review: Abdicate - Forged in Ruin
Forged in Ruin

Label: Sevared Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 30:23
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: February 10, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Forged in Ruin

Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (3 Votes)

Relinquish the Throne was an 18 minute EP that left the listener begging for more, and now this first full-length does a bit of that, clocking in at just over 30 minutes. On the plus side, this filler-free platter doesn't overstay its welcome. Brutal New York-style Death Metal is once again the name of the game here. This is a continuation, not a departure from their sound – in fact a few songs from the EP can be found here.

Brutal but not messy: That's what I like about Abdicate. Too many "brutal Death Metal" bands have a tendency to just play pedal to the metal, and often in a rather sloppy way. These guys here rely on both speed and heaviness – either separately or both together depending on where you are in this 30 minute rape of the ears. Just like on the EP, the guitars are fucking razor-sharp with a lot of very cool riffs on the more... "quiet" passages. The drummer is to be commended here: No abuse of the blast beats resulting in an incessant barrage of mindless drumming. This guy makes the drumming interesting, rather than just "fast and brutal and retarded" (an approach that works with kids, I guess, but that gets old really quick.) Sure there are blast beats, but he knows when to use them (rule 1: "not always".) The vocalist once again does a top notch job. This guy has a great delivery, grinding that throat like there's no tomorrow and giving the other instruments a run for their money. Even in the very short stints where he uses a bit of a "puking-your-breakfast" approach, he still manages to impress me (I'm usually not forgiving at all when it comes to that style.)

Forged in Ruin is what brutal Death Metal should sound like – balanced, intelligible, yet still ear-raping and heavy as fuck. It's not particularly original, but these guys know how to write good songs and play them well. Looking forward to the next one already. ;)

Track Listing:
  1. The Burden of Existence
  2. Entangled In Darkness
  3. Divine Redemption
  4. Baptized In Fire
  5. Path To Anguish
  6. Forged In Ruin
  7. Godless Vengeance
  8. Relinquish The Throne
  9. Beckoning Death
  10. Argument Of Kings
  11. Trail Of Blood
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Review: Relinquish the Throne (reviewed by Michel Renaud)
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