I Am Abomination
Jaw Dropper


3.5
great

Review

by jesusjuice1179 USER (6 Reviews)
March 30th, 2010 | 31 replies | 1,519 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Jaw Dropper may be a bit of an overstatment, but nonetheless the band crafts a unique, if uncontrolled, piece of music

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

I managed to find out about I Am Abomination from this site, and when I first heard them I wasn't very impressed. The blend of electronica with progressive metal sounds absolutely terrible on paper, and on the first play through (at least for me), it was. The vocals are auto-tuned, or sound like they're being sung by a robot, and the songwriting is quite bad.

But, I as listened to the EP more, I discovered that there just might be something there underneath the preliminary play through. Something lurking beneath the absolute wank-fest this EP is, promise. I can now confidently say that I Am Abomination's debut, while still rough around the edges, is quite the enjoyable piece of music.

As I mentioned before the vocals are just terrible. Imagine T-Pain singing in a metal band. Not pretty, right? The songwriting is also regretfully, garbage. It seems like they just threw together any old riff they could find in hopes that it would resemble a coherent song. The electronica elements are completely superfluous, seeming like they wanted to add another layer onto the music that unfortunately has no rightful place being there. However, if you manage to make it past all these significant inadequacies, and instead take the music for what it is, you'll discover that it is actually one enjoyable ride.

The guitars absolutely shred on this EP, as do the drums. They almost always spiral out of control, but that thankfully takes attention off the singer. The guitar play some pretty interesting riffs and some intense, technical solos. The drums lay down some pretty intriguing beats, most of which revolve around the double bass pedal. The fills can be a bit on the generic side, but the beats throughout the song generally make up for that. The strange thing is, they manage to do so while maintaing a searingly catchy edge, showing that the group has some pop sensibilities as well as technical skill. The bass is nigh un-heard throughout the EP, but again the main focus seems to be on the guitar and drums. Lyrically the band is nothing spectacular, I've definitely heard better, but I've also heard far worse. They mostly focus on the standard political fare, most of which has been heard before.

In conclusion, if you go into this album thinking your going to find some deep meaning behind the music, look elsewhere. This EP is not meant to be anything more than music you blast in your car on those warm summer days. I realized that that was the meaning of the music all along. Sure I was disappointed when I listened to it the first time and there was virtually nothing there I could find meaning in, but that's not the point. It is not meant to be anything ground-breaking or revelatory, hell, I'm sure this is a regression from making music with meaning. Thankfully they make up for it with technically sound and altogether unique music, and, if you can make it past the ridiculousness of the album, it is one hell of a ride.



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jesusjuice1179
March 30th 2010



1784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

as always, any suggestions would be lovely ;)

bloozclooz
March 30th 2010



1770 Comments


40% of the review was how you discovered them, and when you talk about the instruments, you don't give much time to them

jesusjuice1179
March 30th 2010



1784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i edited it, tell me if it's any better or if I need to add more

bloozclooz
March 30th 2010



1770 Comments


better, pos from me

jesusjuice1179
March 30th 2010



1784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanx bra


@Chambers: its really more like a 3.25 for me but I rounded up

bloc
March 30th 2010



34774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This was extremely disappointing.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

jesusjuice1179
March 30th 2010



1784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

my review or the album?

bloc
March 30th 2010



34774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The album you dummy. Review is great.

bloozclooz
March 30th 2010



1770 Comments


the album, 'core seems to be getting worse rather than better. after 4 years of defending it and saying that XX band will get better after YY releases, i think i'm done.

'core just sucks in general

jesusjuice1179
March 30th 2010



1784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

why thank you sir, and the album wasn't as bad as it was the first time i heard it, but yea more like a 3.25 but I round up

bloc
March 30th 2010



34774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

the album, 'core seems to be getting worse rather than better. after 4 years of defending it and saying that XX band will get better after YY releases, i think i'm done.

'core just sucks in general


Come now, never generalize. You will always find rare gems no matter where you look.

No probs, Jeez.

TheSpirit
March 30th 2010



17724 Comments


the album, 'core seems to be getting worse rather than better. after 4 years of defending it and saying that XX band will get better after YY releases, i think i'm done.

'core just sucks in general






not really. there are plenty of good bands out there

Digging: Venus Star - Nigredo Expulsion

bloozclooz
March 30th 2010



1770 Comments


i know that, but the scene keeps getting worse,

bloc
March 30th 2010



34774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I can agree with that, but it doesn't hurt to check out the scene every now and then, no?

bloozclooz
March 30th 2010



1770 Comments


lol dude i've reviewed some good 'core on this site

bloc
March 30th 2010



34774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Not even!

bloozclooz
March 30th 2010



1770 Comments


not sure what you mean by that, but good night

bloc
March 30th 2010



34774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It means I don't like what you like ;)

Good night!

TheSpirit
March 30th 2010



17724 Comments


bloc

bloc
March 30th 2010



34774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

How is my chef these days?



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