Abysmal Torment
Omnicide


4.0
excellent

Review

by InHumanForm USER (8 Reviews)
August 13th, 2009 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Omnicide is a groovy step up from past releases, while still upholding the intense speed, precision, and quirky production that has defined the band.

If there's one thing that stands out in the world of underground Death Metal, It's got to be originality. Being original is a very good thing. It seems as if the next big band is only mirroring the sound of another. Now I'm gonna be honest here, Abysmal Torment are not one of the most unique bands in this particular musical sphere, but their deliverance and natural progression from album to album is quite evident, and they seem to be taking a turn for the better, beginning to define their own sound.

Abysmal Torment's debut EP "Incised Wound Suicide" was your standard Brutal Death Metal effort, and it pretty much sounded like everything else available at the time. The first full-length "Epoch of Methodic Carnage" was actually much better and more refined, still the outfit from Mala never really found a sound they could call their own. That was three years ago, here we are in 2009 and it finally seems Abysmal Torment have cemented their place among metal-head's, well, a small group of them anyway.

Omnicide is 45 minutes of Brutality. From start to finish the relentless onslaught of music never slows down and for the most part, everything sounds pretty well put together. The production is, for the lack of a better word, interesting. Every instrument sounds pretty hollow and empty, though it very slowly starts to grow on you and it all sounds pretty cool in the end. The drum snare sounds like someone took a pencil and repeatedly hit a block of wood with it, the vocalist sounds like hes underwater, etc. This might annoy some listeners, but the whole overall sound of the album is excellent and the guitar work is splendid. The tone is very ominous, and does well to compliment the many grooves and tremolo picked riffs throughout. There are some very catchy tunes to be found here, and you will find yourself coming back to songs like "Omega", "Supreme Tyranny in Putrescence", and "Chronicles of Gouged Eyes" quite often. Though the use of pig squeals and monotonous breakdowns are still present, they aren't used as much, and when they are, they sound decent enough.

The bass on the album is almost non existent, which has been a problem with the band since the aforementioned EP up to now. Their just is no bass, plain and simple. It would be interesting to to hear Omnicide with an emphasis on bass, the riffs would possibly have a certain appreciable depth in relation to some bass-lines, though the album already poses a striking deliverance in sound. The Drumming on the album is, for the lack of a better word, addicting. You will find yourself coming back to many tracks on the album. The production in unison with the guitars create a very loud kit, one that is loud and surprisingly easy to listen to. The snare comes off being very light and contains a similar 'popcorn' sound that is used by bands such as 'Deeds Of Flesh' and 'Disgorge'. The drums are perfectly audible, and the drum pedals give off that 'typewriter' sound when double bass is utilized.


Even though Omnicide isn't exactly spectacular or mind blowing, Abysmal Torment seem to be heading in the right direction by writing somewhat solid, memorable songs that you can go back to once in awhile. Check it out if you wanna hear something slightly original, pretty damn brutal, and at times extremely enjoyable.



Standout Tracks:
Omega
Colony of Maggots
Supreme Tyrant In Putrescence
Chronicles Of Gouged Eyes



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BallsToTheWall
August 13th 2009


44607 Comments


Actually no. In death metal, it's more about being able to write some awesome face pounding songs than striving to be unique. There's only so much you can do with the genre and although you'll come across a "unique" band once in awhile i'll still prefer a proven formula. Most specifically Stockholm or Bolt Thrower.

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FadeToBlack
August 13th 2009


11034 Comments


never heard of these guys, what bands do they sound like?

Balls, I think he was saying that being an original band in death metal makes you stand out a lot because of the 'sameness' of the genre. Like how Nile's debut album got huge exposure for being 'original'

StinkingBishop
August 13th 2009


39 Comments


I know one song by these guys, from their first EP, but it was pretty generic. It wasn't bad, but certainly didn't convince me to look into the band any further.

Meh. Death metal isn't really my thing anyway.

Phantom
August 13th 2009


8930 Comments


Artwork reminds me of JFAC

InHumanForm
August 13th 2009


316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a good album, just nothing special.

Anthracks
August 13th 2009


3758 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

not one mention of the grooves on this album? smh

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Anthracks
August 13th 2009


3758 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I know one song by these guys, from their first EP, but it was pretty generic. It wasn't bad, but certainly didn't convince me to look into the band any further.


their sound has changed considerably since the EP...they have a very unique riffing style and are fairly groove-based now...check out the title track from their first full length or 'supreme tyrant in putrescence' from this

lobby
August 13th 2009


1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

anthraks usually gets it right, so i'm getting this nonetheless

Anthracks
August 13th 2009


3758 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

im not sure how much you like it given your ratings, especially given how the album is kinda offputting at first (at least it was to me)...i didnt care for the production or vocals too much

but i can safely say this is one of the best bands in the bdm scene

InHumanForm
August 14th 2009


316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i mean its a good album. some of the songs on here are great, but this album gets extremely boring at some parts, maybe if there wasn't 11 songs, but 8 or 9
Anthracks we usually agree on most BDM.

Anthracks
August 14th 2009


3758 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

well the latter half of the album is more straightforward brutal death as opposed to the groovy first 6 tracks, so i could see how it might drag. but ive come to appreciate the last tracks as much when i got over how they werent as groovy...regardless there are still some great grooves at the end

InHumanForm
August 14th 2009


316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

true. omega is probably the best song on the album or supreme tyrant in putrescence

InHumanForm
March 19th 2011


316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

review edited. This is pretty good shit

Anthracks
March 20th 2011


3758 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i knew it would happen :]

InHumanForm
March 20th 2011


316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the grooves won me over lol

Shuyin
November 13th 2011


11831 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good review, pos'd

and great album of course, need to check out their older stuff, curious



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YUJOS
May 3rd 2012


940 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The album slays!!!!!!!!

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Anthracks
December 10th 2012


3758 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this album is too good

Anthracks
March 3rd 2014


3758 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

classic. best production



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