Abandon All Hope
Where Life And Death Meet


4.0
excellent

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
December 10th, 2008 | 27 replies | 4,116 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Many people are oblivious to certain aspects of life, due to their unquestioning involvement in a mainstream system. They don’t truly worry about other people’s suffering, and cast a veil of ignorance over themselves, for they’re so far gone. Then there are some people who are in touch with themselves as well as others, and know how to connect with others through multiple forms of mediums. It’s these people that make the raw, emotional music we all enjoy, plus they obviously have fun or it wouldn’t come out so non-mechanical, but at the same time is everything you’ve wanted done right on a metalcore record.

At only 26 minutes, this debut album contains a pretty decent amount of different areas. You’ve got the expected brutal breakdowns, heavy melodic areas, brutal piano, and pretty piano but no matter what section it is, they’ve made it so the record is in your face the whole time. Right when you turn on the first track, a large wall of sound smashes your face, and you only hear the sounds of torture, blood curling female shrieks, and maniacal laughter. Sounds fun!

The songs as a whole don’t follow a specific formula, which may be why this doesn’t sound like every other metalcore band around. But at the same time, they don’t exactly bring anything new. However, what they bring is extremely well done, and there are no blatant rip offs. The great production definantly helps their cause, too. The guitars AND bass are powerful, the drums are tuned just right, and the vocals sound murderous. They are sometimes reminiscent of a mix of vocalists from The Ocean but more evil, if that helps.

The one thing that sets them apart from the pack, aside from their ability to write very catchy and heavy riffs simultaneously, is a rather smooth transition throughout the whole album. There is an interlude that does not sound pretentious, there is a piano song that fits just right, and the occasional switch from intense to melodic is effortless. Because of these factors, there is virtually no low point. The only part people may not enjoy is the infrequent times where the vocalist is completely unintelligible, but then again his intensity and emotional delivery is enough to satisfy, plus he manages to write consistently quality lyrics.

They’ve already been on tours with bands such as Carpathian, Darkest Hour, and Terror, and just might get in the studio early next year for their second outing. Perhaps they are provoking a statement to people with their name (inspiration for the name of Slipknot’s new album name?), in that they won’t people to prove them wrong; that abandoning hope is not what they want to happen. In the meantime, we have a great soundtrack to a bad day, or a hyperactive day, and if you’ve ever wanted to just sock someone in the temple, but at the same time wanted to hold your ex-girlfriend, and then kill her, then you should probably stop reading and go get this ok bye.



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 11th 2008



16242 Comments


brutal piano

I never thought it possible....

OffTheRadar
December 11th 2008



102 Comments


fairly decent review.

fireaboveicebelow
December 11th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I felt like using all the aussie slang terms I could find probably at the expense of the review's quality, but frankly I don't care

plus, it's like 2 in the morningThis Message Edited On 12.10.08

Captain North
December 11th 2008



6773 Comments


I should probably check this out some time. For the most part, this is a good, enthusiastic review...but your 'saying' at the beginning is bullshit. It's from a TV Show or a movie. I can't remember where exactly.

fireaboveicebelow
December 11th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm surprised you took that seriously, I found it on a australian t-shirt siteThis Message Edited On 12.10.08

Captain North
December 11th 2008



6773 Comments


Also your source of aussie slang is severely misguided. For one, we'd never say red-headed orphan. It's a ranger.

fireaboveicebelow
December 11th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

goddamn, you are dry tonight

Captain North
December 11th 2008



6773 Comments


And it doesn't matter if it was said jokingly, it was still bullshit.

Captain North
December 11th 2008



6773 Comments


Actually, my ranger comment was meant to be humerous. Oh well.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 11th 2008



16242 Comments


At only 26 minutes, this debut album contains a vast amount of material. You’ve got extremely brutal breakdowns, heavy melodic areas, brutal piano, pretty piano but especially the brutal stuff.

I don't know what everyone else thinks but a whole bunch of "brutal" does not indicate a vast amount of material.
which may be why this doesn’t sound like every other metalcore band ever

Reads funny. Get rid of "ever".
definantly

definitely*

This review is rocky at best. There are way too many failed jokes and way too many Aussie sayings and way too many similes and metaphors.

built like a brick shithouse

they’re like farts in a steel bucket

as popular as a red headed orphan

the rough end of the pineapple

ridgy-didge, but that’s no skin off my nose

drier than a dead dingo’s dong

pissing in your pocket mate

like a frog in a sock

got a few kangaroos loose in the top paddock

hot enough to boil a monkey’s bum


I'm fairly sure this is to play on the whole Australian thing but jesus fucking christ, enough is enough! Sorry to rain on the parade.This Message Edited On 12.10.08

OffTheRadar
December 11th 2008



102 Comments


I felt like using all the aussie slang terms I could find probably at the expense of the review's quality, but frankly I don't care


that's probably it.

Willie
Moderator
December 11th 2008



15875 Comments


I was amused, but didn't feel the need to hear yet another metalcore band. Amusement equals "pos" tonight.

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

Essence
December 11th 2008



3576 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Willie
LIsten to them
They are everything that can be awesome about metalcore

rasputin
December 11th 2008



14513 Comments


Oh man, this is so terrible.
Also, you've made a contradiction in terms:

until now, the state of metalcore has been drier than a dead dingo’s dong. It’s fair dinkum.

'Fair dinkum' is a positive term.

badtaste
December 11th 2008



824 Comments


Yeah, lol at all the slang.

Would have liked if you introduced the band and album in your opening paragraphs. Not even sure what genre they are. Mention some songs as well, it's too macro-based.

BallsToTheWall
December 11th 2008



44164 Comments


Awesome work Fire. Don't pay attention to the negative nancys. Love the random spurts.

fireaboveicebelow
December 11th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

holy shit ok I'm rewriting it

fireaboveicebelow
December 11th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

alright here's your damn proper review you animals

badtaste
December 11th 2008



824 Comments


Methinks the review needs more Aussie slang.

fireaboveicebelow
December 11th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck you all, except ballsThis Message Edited On 12.11.08



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