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Abstracter - Cinereous Incarnate

Cinereous Incarnate
by Marcos "Big Daddy" Garcia at 23 June 2018, 1:31 PM

There are Metal genres that must sound really nasty. It is in this way because someone created a rule, and some fans follow this as a sacred teaching. Bands from the Stoner Metal/Rock, Sudge Metal or any other label you can think that fits in a dirty sound with slow tempos. Is this combination is a feature or a rule that all must follow? I truly don’t know, and on the work of ABSTRACTER, a Sludge/Doom Metal band from Oakland, California (USA), it’s not as compatible as it could be, as “Cinereous Incarnate”, their new album, shows. The music is not so bad. They show a good work, indeed (they use some extreme fast parts, as we can hear on “Ashen Reign”, what evades the boredom on the listener), have a good instrumental work and fine grunts (besides some variations on the tunes would be welcome), and even some experimental parts. But such long songs with this dirty sound quality push back their musical efforts. It’s not a waste of time to hear their work but could be a better experience if they could focus their energy in shorter songs.

The sound quality is truly their problem. As many bands from this genre, they follow a rule: “to sound dirty and crude is to be organic”, and it’s not true. Some bands use raw instrumental tunes to reach the right amount of rawness, and find better results. Here, the things are not messy or confuse, but their work deserves a better recording and mixing. But as the album begins to play, you hear that “Nether” (fine guitar riffs, but with extremely greasy tunes), “Ashen Reign” (a good song, with very good tempo changes and a solid work from bass guitar and drums), “Wings of Annihilation” (very good guttural voices, but I believe that some shrieks would help to evade the sensation that these tunes are not matching perfectly on their music as they could), and “Devouring Night” (fine depressive atmosphere, with nasty guitars once more) are good songs, but they are not showing what they could be if the band had a better sound quality and if they were a bit shorter. We could accept it from a beginner band, but it’s the third release, so such ingenuous approach is not acceptable.

“Cinereous Incarnate” is a good album, but the band needs to improve, to put out their talent to create songs. They have it, but it’s still hidden.

Originality: 7
Songwriting: 5
Memorability: 5
Production: 6

3 Star Rating

1. Nether
2. Cinereous
3. Ashen Reign
4. Wings of Annihilation
5. Incarnate
6. Devouring Night
Mattia Alagna - Vocals
Robin Kahn - Guitars
James Meyer - Bass
Adam Gambel - Drums
Record Label: I, Voidhanger


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