ABACABB
Survivalist


2.5
average

Review

by Bitstream USER (21 Reviews)
January 30th, 2009 | 57 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Technical-Metal where the main technicality is somehow remembering the 4359834 breakdown patterns. If you can listen to this album fully and differentiate the songs, you get a gold star.

Sometimes, you can get a bit of a rush when you put on a song, and hey! It starts out fast paced, crushing, and interesting. That's what I thought when I hit track two on ABACABB's newest release. And I soon discovered that every other song starts out that way. And the same tempo goes through every song. It's great to have a cool, fast, technical sound, but in this album, that's the only speed they have.

While the Born Of Osiris fans desperately seeking some kind of fix will highly enjoy this album, the rest of us have to wonder, "When the hell did it switch tracks?" Not as in saying it's gapless, but the fact it is all the same! It's incredibly repetitive. The vocals have mainly one pitch, all low-screamed. He rarely goes into highs, but sticks to a guttural low. The guitars have their moments, but it just sounds like endless chugging. Pretty much the only memorable parts of the songs are in the intros, so you can tell the songs apart. The drums are talented, but are chained to the chug-chug-BLAST-BEAT-BLAST-BEAT-chug-chug kind of thing. Bass is... I don't even have to go over that. See 99% of modern metal. They're talented musicians with only the faintest idea how to write a memorable song.

The song structure is mainly heavy chugging verses, no chorus, mediocre breakdowns, and some a bridge. There's alot of breakdowns. Alot. A copious amount. I'm trying to make a point, and the easiest way to put it is: Deathcore. Whether that's a good thing or not is your choice. The drummers use of triplets in the breakdowns spices things up a bit, but when they're in every song, you get no bonus marks. To be completely serious, I can't remember any memorable parts of this album. As musicians, they're great, as song writers, they leave alot to be desired. This album is kind of like a half-time Beneath the Massacre release in that respect.

In short, this album is good to just pump you up, but only about one song at a time. Keep going, and it just gets endlessly repetitive. It gets a 3 simply for musicianship. If you're into tech-metal, just check out some of Sumerian Records other releases. ABACABB is a new band to their roster, and eventually, their musicianship will evolve and I have a feeling they'll make something great. If they drop their vocalist, of course.



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Bitstream
January 30th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album was really not my cup o' tea. And I couldn't find album art, sorry.

Waior
January 30th 2009


11461 Comments


"chug-chug-BLAST-BEAT-BLAST-BEAT-chug-chug." Onomatopoeia used to it's full extent. Good review, with the exception of...

"They're talented musicians with the faintest idea how to write a memorable song."

I'm almost certain you mean 'without.'

Psychotruck
January 30th 2009


99 Comments


http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_T01SHSqaVCI/SXYXxOd97eI/AAAAAAAAFYo/4YJCkhVABrM/s400/ABACABB+-+Survivalist.jpg

Here's the album art.

HighandDriving
January 30th 2009


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Had higher hopes for this album, I agree about dropping the vocalist.

OllieS
January 30th 2009


2037 Comments


tion

Zippermouth
January 30th 2009


1305 Comments


ion

Bitstream
January 30th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

""chug-chug-BLAST-BEAT-BLAST-BEAT-chug-chug." Onomatopoeia used to it's full extent. Good review, with the exception of...



"They're talented musicians with the faintest idea how to write a memorable song."



I'm almost certain you mean 'without."

No, they have a tad of an idea. I'll put an 'only' in to make it more clear.

SCREAM!
January 30th 2009


10388 Comments


This doesnt sound like my thing at all

Good review although the rating seems high compared to your description (sounds like a 2-2.5

Digging: Svartidau?i - Flesh Cathedral

Bitstream
January 30th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm giving it a 3 just for potential haha. They're good musicians, but not great songwriters. It's like, you can't give tech-metal albums a 2, considering they're insane on their instruments, even if all the songs sound the same. I think i'll bring it down to a 2.5 though.

DWittisarockstar
January 30th 2009


1501 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

True. There's a really sick breakdown in Articulation, i think it is. Where it has the cool harmonics and off-time shit.

The vocalists highs are actually pretty good, which is why he should use them way more than his mediocre lows.

Average album, better than expected. Richmond Va can't be too disappointed in this band.

Essence
January 30th 2009


3595 Comments


[quote=horribletracklistnames]
1. Introduction
2. Infection
3. Addiction
4. Regression
5. Survivalist
6. Destruction
7. Articulation
8. Devastation
9. Rejection
10. Isolation
[/quote]
C-C-C-C COMBO BREAKER

SnackaryBinx
January 30th 2009


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

band is awful.

Essence
January 30th 2009


3595 Comments


I love how it took you either:

A. several dollars and at the very least a cursory listen to realize that

or

B. download and at the very least a cursory listen to realize that

Seriously, their name is a gaming gimmick. You're better than that Snack.

Bitstream
January 30th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm getting all the new sumerian bands mixed up. I was excited for alot of them, but this fell short of what I thought it would be. Their other bands are alot better. But, again, lots o' potential.

I literally went to random points in every song and it seriously sounded the same.

SnackaryBinx
January 30th 2009


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

lol jack i just looked at that post and i real life lol'd

Pebster49
January 30th 2009


2993 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

holy crap was this boringThis Message Edited On 01.30.09

warfare8
January 30th 2009


3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

eh, it's nothing groundbreaking, but it's not awful either.

Phantom
January 30th 2009


8930 Comments


Nope

asdemonsburn
January 30th 2009


793 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Some of the most incredibly generic deathcore you can hear
Unfortunately had to sit through their set last week, at least they look tough in their all black uniforms!

Phantom
January 30th 2009


8930 Comments


I think you mean tuff.



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