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Review: Abscess - Dawn of Inhumanity
Dawn of Inhumanity

Label: Peaceville Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 52:29
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: March 5, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Dawn of Inhumanity

Rated 3.74/5 (74.78%) (23 Votes)

This certainly is an interesting one. The first thing that hits the listener is that Dawn of Inhumanity is pretty raw, muddy at times, and I'd say "unruly." This thing is all over the place. Punk-infused death 'n' roll is probably the best way to described the overall music, though there are some more trippy, more or less psychedelic moments found here as well, plus some more doomy parts and a good dose of occult/horror-like atmosphere that I find very addictive. What caught my attention the most is that there are a few early Black Sabbath-isms here – check out "Torn From Tomorrow" especially – and there were times I half-expected Ozzy to start singing on this. Very weird, but cool at the same time.

Dawn of Inhumanity is definitely on the lighter side of death metal – we're far from the usual heavy and fast death metal we're served with nowadays, and more into a proto-death old school variety. The pace varies from slow, occult doom-ish to a rather fast (but not overly so) pace where the death 'n' roll aspect really takes over. The growled vocals are probably what's closer to your usual death metal, and even then they're more sung than "barked," often carrying a bit of melody – and the next minute turning into a demented scream. The style used also enhances the aforementioned atmosphere.

There are two things that hurt the album a little bit. While the variety keeps things interesting, it's a little bit too all over the place and some things sound really out of place – though I think this can depend a lot on the listener. Also the album is a little bit too long for its own good, overstaying its welcome by 10 minutes or so. You know an album is too long when you find yourself wondering "this is not over yet?" But with that said, there's plenty to like and explore here if you don't mind the sometimes messy mixture of punk / early 70s metal and hard rock / doom and death metal.

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