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Review: Abiotic - Symbiosis

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 43:10
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: December 27, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating

Rated 2/5 (40%) (1 Vote)

Floridian upstarts Abiotic unleash their debut release Symbiosis, which stands as a car-crash mix of technical death metal, progressive metal and some deathcore.

The band's sound is largely a schizophrenic mass of ideas spread out over just under forty-five minutes of unrelenting, blasting drums, spiraling arpeggiated bass guitars, widdling guitars and of course a fair share of breakdowns. Imagine a mix of Whitechapel, Obscura and Spiral Architect for an indicator as to how Abiotic sound. Whilst the music isn't much my cup of tea, it's the vocals that hurt personal enjoyment the most here on Symbiosis. Singer Ray Jimenez has a habit of using these ear-damaging cat-like screams that really scrape away at your sanity throughout the release. His stock cookie monster growls are passable though, and it's a shame he couldn't have stuck to that style.

I'd imagine from the picture I've painted so far that you can decide whether this is going to be for you or not. If I haven't then here's the bottom line: If you like all that modern technical stuff then you're going to want to get this ASAP, if you don't then you're going to loathe Abiotic. There's no middle ground.

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