Abysmal Dawn
Leveling the Plane of Existence


2.5
average

Review

by J. Ponton EMERITUS
January 26th, 2011 | 68 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No one should care

In describing Abysmal Dawn’s new album, Leveling the Plane of Existence, the band’s Myspace states the following: “A tour-de-force of modern death metal mastery, 'Leveling...' is a crushing, front-to-back display of brutality, speed, and virtuosity. Massive, memorable riffs, impossibly deep vocal bellows, and relentless percussion . . . Abysmal Dawn is one of the best new American metal bands.”

Now, you could read that description and cite the general cliché advertisements, which, to be honest, are used to raise hype for well over fifty percent of modern death metal albums these days, if not more. Or, on the other hand, you could see that declaration with a fresh, naive pair of eyes, untested by the foul depths of hell and death, ears being unaccustomed to the death metal genre as a whole, much less its clean, loud-sounding modern take. Genuinely being taken in when subsequently listening to Leveling the Plane of Existence, you’d hear every bit of that Myspace statement to be true. It’s probable that you could be either kind of reader, your enjoyment of Abysmal Dawn’s music depending, almost solely, on whether you’ve heard music like this and/or read the aforementioned tripe somewhere else before, correct?

But you’re probably the prior, though, getting down to it. The problem with the latter group is that it represents a miniscule number of listeners, to-be-later metalheads, if all goes according to plan. For the majority of us, a thick, overwhelming majority, Abysmal Dawn's Leveling the Plane of Existence is, very likely, not our very first modern death metal album, and therefore what Abysmal Dawn’s Myspace states is null and void: essentially, it’s bull shit. This is because Leveling the Plane of Existence is neither “crushing”, beyond what is considered average fair, and neither is it a “front-to-back display of brutality, speed, and virtuosity”. Actually, it’s far from that. I repeat: far, far, far away from that.

The music that Abysmal Dawn bring to the table this year on Leveling the Plane of Existence lacks the melodic flourishings of their debut, From Ashes, and finds itself caught between the line of brutal and technical death metal, yet never belonging to either side. Well played? Definitely. Is vocalist Charles Elliott still an admirable, if unexceptional snarler and growler? Once again, he is. But what else can Leveling the Plane of Existence offer you that better bands like Krisiun, Decrepit Birth, or Hour of Penance could not? Not much. In fact, Abysmal Dawn can’t really offer you anything at all that those other, and better, bands haven't already.

And therein lies Leveling the Plane of Existence main vice and weakness – its ambiguous modern death metal nature. More or less having an identity, yet not having an identity of its own, you see. You might call to your fellow metalhead on Last Fm, or heaven forbid you know another cave dweller like yourself in real life: “Say, man, you listen to that one band, Abysmal Dawn, and their new album, Leveling the plane of Existence?” Most likely his answer would be a punctual, definite “No, I haven’t. Who cares about that band anyway?” Or he might misunderstand you and confuse this American death metal band with a bigger, better, and more quality band instead. Either way, his response represents how mediocre and unworthy of your time Leveling the Plane of Existence is, though. No one cares, in translation, and if they do they are simply mistaken. The album is merely mid-paced brutal-tech-esque modern death metal without a face, other than the superficial description. Your best bet is to just leave it be and make sure to direct any genre noobs that come your way away from Abysmal Dawn’s Myspace. It’s all just another generic lie.



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Tyrael
January 26th 2011


20900 Comments


Very entertaining review Jared. Summary wins.

cvlts
January 26th 2011


8967 Comments


for some reason that summary jus makes me think "BURRRRRNNNNNNNN"

wyankeif1337
January 26th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

fuck you, i wanted to get in a review for this

hostility aside, awesome review. album's around a 3. haven't decided for sure.

Ponton
Emeritus
January 26th 2011


5804 Comments


bring it on Relapse Records...

thanks guys

PuddlesPuddles
January 26th 2011


4784 Comments


Jared Ponton on Leveling the Plane of Existence: "Who cares?"

05McDonaldT
January 26th 2011


268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, although i disagree with you, Abysmal dawn are also better than the other bands you cited

Ponton
Emeritus
January 26th 2011


5804 Comments


Preciate mcdonald

keyboardxmosh
January 26th 2011


1007 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Generally people say nobody cares when the band doesn't have a following...

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2011


17222 Comments


i remember seeing these guys ages ago before their first cd came out. i guess they haven't gotten any better. too bad.

Knott-
Emeritus
January 26th 2011


10198 Comments


jared selling out changing the summary

Ponton
Emeritus
January 26th 2011


5804 Comments


Fair enough keyboard

keyboardxmosh
January 26th 2011


1007 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I like your avatar.

Ponton
Emeritus
January 26th 2011


5804 Comments


I know im a superior staff adam but every now and then you guys say something agreeable

Blondechester4life man

FenixZero
January 26th 2011


385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty average. No real faults outside of being nothing special.

Knott-
Emeritus
January 26th 2011


10198 Comments


I agree though nobody cares!

;)

Waior
January 26th 2011


11460 Comments


I certainly don't care

solid stuff jared

Xenophanes
Emeritus
January 26th 2011


10614 Comments


THERE WAS SOMETHING IN THE AIR THAT NIGHT, THE STARS SO BRIGHT, FERNANDOOOOOOOOOO!

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

robin
Emeritus
January 26th 2011


4249 Comments


itt mediocrity and then jared

Waior
January 26th 2011


11460 Comments


i don't think i like the implications of that

keyboardxmosh
January 26th 2011


1007 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Abysmal Dawn tours wiff big names.

They're cooler then all of u.



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