Knights Of The Abyss
The Culling of Wolves


4.0
excellent

Review

by thechodewarrior USER (27 Reviews)
October 1st, 2011 | 23 replies | 4,652 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The album to restore your faith in modern metalcore.

0 of 2 thought this review was well written

In the world of metal, aside from the clusterf*ck of sub-groups, there are two main categories under which a typical metal band would fall. Either the 1st group (big, dumb and loud, e.g. Emmure and co.) and then there’s the 2nd group (epic, melodic and intricate, e.g. Protest the Hero, Meshuggah and Periphery). From a brief glance, this can be relatable to the middle school status quo; the popular kids and the non-popular kids. I use this analogy because every once in a while, there comes a kid who falls in between both categories, the semi-popular kid. We all know someone like this. It could be a try-hard, the kid who gets by with his/her looks or the nice guy who’s ugly as sh*t. Knights of the Abyss are one of the semi-popular kids in the middle school of metal.

Fresh after leaving the position of drummer in Job For A Cowboy, Andy Rysdam sought to form another band, and thus KOTA was born. The original lineup had recorded two albums together, whilst gradually losing most members. In 2009, they had new members entirely save for guitarist Nick Florence. The child of this lineup was released in 2010 and entitled The Culling of Wolves.

The album opens with The House of Crimson Coin a relatively fast sweeping riff leads to a gruff shout and the ride begins. On this track alone, KOTA shows their potential. They tend to do things their own way and not follow the typical metalcore/deathcore song structure, which is a huge bonus for the album. However, this does not mean the album is void of breakdowns, far from it. To be honest though, most of them are quite well-done and placed great. An example of which would be the breakdown around the 2 minute mark in Den of the Deceived.

The downsides of the album are quite a few, but they bring down the album by more than you would think. The bass is virtually inaudible in some parts, but when you can hear it, it’s nothing worth mentioning. Vocalist Harley Magnum’s range is quite small. The screams vary from middle-range, to slightly high (eg. All That Remains) and have the tendency to bore at times. The songs are also not really distinguishable, as unless you can recognize the riffs, it is very difficult to tell them apart.

This leads me onto the upsides of The Culling of Wolves. The riffs scattered throughout the album are astonishing. For example, Pandemic and Slave Nation. If you’re a metalhead, and you hear the opening riff to Dead to Reform you can’t honestly tell me you’re not interested. Both guitarists show great ability throughout the album and are one of the main reasons to even listen to this album. Sweeping, harmonies and more await you here. The drumming is also top-notch. Frantic and furious double bass assault your ears, and provides you with some fantastic fills, if a little monotonous at times.

If you’re into metalcore at all, and are looking for a redemption album due to all the sh*t lately, definitely check this out. It’s in no way a masterpiece, but it’s miles ahead of most modern metal.

Recommendations
Council of Wolves
Dead to Reform
Deceiver’s Creed



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Carnifex
October 1st 2011



1918 Comments


Review was alright, I won't pos it but it definitely isn't awful. You should probably fix your underlining as it underlines your space before the period.

thechodewarrior
October 1st 2011



62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's all good. thanks for taking the time to read it, bro.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2011



17328 Comments


Yeah that whole part about the "two main categories" was pretty dumb you should probably re-do that paregraph

Digging: Monolake - Interstate

bloozclooz
October 2nd 2011



1770 Comments


i actually liked this album for a while, might need to grab a copy again for the hell of it. also your review looks bothersome, the way it's formatted and all

TheArkitecht
October 2nd 2011



1664 Comments


blergh metalcore, do not want.

Carnifex
October 2nd 2011



1918 Comments


Yeah I still feel Shades is their best work and that's still a 3/5.

iamthenightmare
October 2nd 2011



754 Comments


Wait they made more songs after Dragon Pie????

YetAnotherBrick
October 2nd 2011



4315 Comments


everyone seems to think every modern metalcore album ever is the one to "restore our faith in modern metalcore."

Digging: The Beatles - Revolver

Crymsonblaze
October 2nd 2011



7310 Comments


metalcore should give up

Crymsonblaze
October 2nd 2011



7310 Comments


metalcore should give up

Mewcopa0
October 2nd 2011



1792 Comments


did you honestly just try to put all metal into two very narrow classifications?

thechodewarrior
October 2nd 2011



62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

at the time, i thought it wouldve turned out better. ill probably re-write this in the future..

AfterTheBreakdown
October 2nd 2011



7106 Comments


Good band.

bloozclooz
October 3rd 2011



1770 Comments


all metal into two very narrow classifications?

easy. things that are post avant jazz-core and things that are not

TBliss
October 3rd 2011



987 Comments


Never liked this band. Pretty boring.

Carnifex
October 4th 2011



1918 Comments


Shades is their only decent work imo and thats because its just pure black dahlia worship.

Rev
October 4th 2011



9291 Comments


CHAINSAW TO THE PUSSY

SmokingTheClouds
October 4th 2011



639 Comments


That album art is lol.

hatahs
December 8th 2011



131 Comments


You're a great writer. Love the first paragraph where u compare the band to grade school popularity

MarkTheDead
March 12th 2012



595 Comments


This is not Metalcore man...
I love this album though, album art is good. ;D



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