Abdullah
Abdullah


3.5
great

Review

by Brian S. Munoz Jr. USER (1 Reviews)
July 29th, 2008 | 43 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This self titled full-length is the first of two LPs released by the band known as Abdullah. Hailing from Cleveland Ohio, Abdullah released an album full of hypnotizing vocals and heavy riffs.

The opening song The Path to Enlightenment starts out with blues driven guitar that is a staple to this album. The song opens up with a simple blues lick, then leads in to a simple, yet heavy riff.

The vocals are a bit throaty, but the vocalist (Jeff Shirilla) manages to still belt out catchy melodies throughout the album. Jeff wastes no time in showing this. His first few opening bars on The Path to Enlightenment are very catchy. The vocals start out as a typical melody, then split into a self dubbed harmony.

Earth's Answer is where they bring the Doom. It's slow, heavy, and deliberate. The guitars really drive the feel of the song as a whole. Keeping with the Doom, Visions of the Daughters of Time opens up with a slow bass riff. This riff a very common motif throughout the song, and often the music behind the vocals. Clocking in at 7:00 the bass riff creates a bit of monotony. Especially since the guitars do very little to separate themselves from the bass.

Lucifer in Starlight is the first of two ballads on this album. Since the general feel of this album has been slow and melancholic this song is not out of place, and flows with the album. Lucifer in Starlight is absent of distorted guitar as would be expected in a ballad. However the bass keeps the musical theme present.

After the ballad The Black Ones brings us back into the realm of heavy. As slow as this album is The Black Ones is even slower than the rest of the songs. Nearing the end of the album we hear the bluesiest song, Journey to the Orange Island.

The second longest song on the album, Journey to the Orange Island is a bit of a listen. Those of you who enjoy blues driven rock will find the eight minute twenty-eight second listen a piece of cake. Journey to the Orange Island is the second to last song on the album. Unfortunately Jeff's vocals are much less interesting than they were at the beginning of the album.

The final song of the album also happens to be the final ballad on the album. Lotus Eaters unlike the previous ballad, Lucifer in Starlight, feels as if it was just tacked on. It loses the general feel of the album with the acoustic guitars. Lotus Eaters is also the worst vocal performance on the album. Surely they could have picked a stronger song to end the album with.

Pros:
Heavy and catchy riffs
Mostly interesting vocal melodies

Cons:
Mediocre at best drumming
Some songs seem to drag on a bit too long


user ratings (4)
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3.9
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Comments:Add a Comment 
beans
July 29th 2008


2332 Comments


this isnt bad, but try in the future to make it more of like..say an essay with an introduction, a body, and conclusion
instead of just jumping into the album right away

but i have definitly seen worse first reviews
like mine lol

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 29th 2008


16089 Comments


bringing the doom one song at a time bro.

charlesfishtitz
July 29th 2008


784 Comments


[quote=reviewer]The opening song The Path to Enlightenment opens the album open up.[/quote]


pretty awesome.

taylormemer
July 29th 2008


4917 Comments


lmao. Hilarious first sentence.

gmoneyguy
July 29th 2008


108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fuck that first sentence!

SHOOTME
July 29th 2008


2393 Comments



The opening song The Path to Enlightenment are first introduces us to the blues driven guitar that is a staple to this album.


This sounds really awkward, change it.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 29th 2008


16089 Comments


Even the fix is horribly grammatically incorrect.

taylormemer
July 29th 2008


4917 Comments


lmao, still hilarious.
Try again.

SHOOTME
July 29th 2008


2393 Comments


way to notice just after i posted

taylormemer
July 30th 2008


4917 Comments


^^
Nah, saw it pretty quickly, but you got to it before I did, and Iluvatar obviously.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2008


16089 Comments


no you forget SHOOTME is a setter of trends
a trendsetter, if you will.

gmoneyguy
July 30th 2008


108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah that poorly written sentence is so awesome

SHOOTME
July 30th 2008


2393 Comments


guitrguy, don't stop writing, but please check yourself before you post the review. Also, try to write about how the album feels overall, instead of doing it track by track. Decent first review with plenty of grammatical errors and such, but can be improved upon.This Message Edited On 07.29.08

SHOOTME
July 30th 2008


2393 Comments



The opening song The Path to Enlightenmentstarts out with blues driven guitar that is a staple to this album.


Needs space in between Enlightenment and starts.


no you forget SHOOTME is a setter of trends

a trendsetter, if you will.


Glad someone finally noticed my expertise to this website!This Message Edited On 07.29.08

kattunlover69
July 30th 2008


1194 Comments


u been here since 04 and u just now writing a revi....nvm....

shit man shit shit shitThis Message Edited On 07.29.08

south_of_heaven 11
July 30th 2008


5433 Comments


sup guitrguy :wave:

gmoneyguy
July 30th 2008


108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sup


u been here since 04 and u just now writing a revi....nvm....

**** man **** **** ****


I kind of joined before the review site existed, and was just a forum.
This Message Edited On 07.29.08

rasputin
July 30th 2008


14544 Comments


guitrguy more like guitrwoman

kattunlover69
July 30th 2008


1194 Comments


rasputin more like i suck

taylormemer
July 30th 2008


4917 Comments


kattun more like is a clown shoe!



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