Skeletonwitch
Forever Abomination


3.0
good

Review

by seedofnothing USER (8 Reviews)
October 13th, 2011 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An album that fuses thrash, melo-death, with certain blackened elements. It manages to showcase catchy melody without sounding too cheesy. However, boring and cheesy have two different meanings.

Is there such a thing as the right musical moment executed at the right time, and seemingly, effortlessly? With Skeletonwitch, apparently there is, to a certain degree. Have you ever listened to an album and said “oh, I would have chosen this riff pattern over that drum pattern”, or, “I wish they would switch it up a bit”? With “Forever Abomination”, Skeletonwitch have read my spontaneous mind, to a certain degree.

The album opens up with dual-harmonizing acoustic strings. Within the first 40 seconds the listener is hit with a double bass assault, coupled with a medium-paced, distorted, tremolo pattern. While not the strongest track, “This Horrifying Force” provides the listener with a glimpse of what to expect from “Forever Abomination”. The track fades out with the same opening acoustic passage it began with. Surprisingly, this is the longest track on the record, running at 4 minutes, 11 seconds. Unfortunately, from this point on, you will only find two tracks lasting more than 3 minutes!!! WTF!!! This is on e of the biggest flaws of “Forever Abomination”. Just as a song get’s its flow, it ends. In fact, the total album runtime is 29 minutes, 34 seconds, with the average song length being 3 minutes, 6 seconds, only because of the two longer tracks.

Now that the major downside is out the way, let’s focus on some pros, shall we? I have 3, yes only 3, favorite stand out tracks. These being, “Reduced to the Failure of Prayer” (track 2), “Choke Beyond Betrayal”(Track 4), and “Hanger 18”, oops, sorry, I meant to say ”Sink Beneath Insanity”(track 10). These 3 tracks showcase the best the album has to offer and deliver well in the, string, skin, and yes even the bass department, as it is audible. The production is up to par as no instrument overshadows another. The vocals can be likened to a cross breed between James Malone of “Arsis”, and Angela Gossow of “Arch Enemy”, and are decipherable.

“Reduced to the Failure of Prayer” gives the listener an even blend of melo-death and “thrashy” grooves, and gives a solid solo to end the track. “Choke Beyond Betrayal” is the closest to a blackened feel the listener will get on this record, however, it makes me crave a listen to Dissection’s “Storm of the Lights Bane”, and Megadeth’s “Rust in Peace”. Nonetheless, track 2 is a solid effort. Now, for “Sink Beneath Insanity”; The opening riff sounds very similar to Megadeth’s “Hanger 18”, but by no means, follows the same suite. It picks up with a dynamic thrash riff. However, nothing is new here, it is merely a solid usage of recycled thrash riffs and tremolo patterns.

Most individuals have their favorite thrash group, their favorite death group, and black group, because on offers this, and the other, that. “Forever Abomination” can be likened to a “Total Gym”, or “Bowflex”, if you will, of metal. You can work your double bass kicks, your “right-hand” tremolo technique, your aggression, and your overall composition, all in one album. However, if you are into working out, you may know that free weights are much more effective at building muscle and strength as they work your core, full range of motion, ect. The same is with “Forever Abomination”, the listener can reap some benefits, but ultimately they will do research and see there are much better methods/bands out there that can get the job done in a much more efficient way.

Anyone who is fan of melo-death and trash should give this a spin with, at least the suggested tracks below. However, anyone who passes this up will miss absolutely nothing, as it will only make you crave the real thing. Your first listen will be nice, and maybe even refreshing. After 5-6 listens, “Forever Abomination” will be removed from your I-pod, mp3 player, and ultimately be that cd that collects dust under your car seat, lost for ages while the true dogs(artist) bite your ears.

Pros:
• Solid musicianship
• Variation of riffs and tempo
• Solid Production

Cons:
• Short album, short tracks
• Imitation of something so much better
• Too many weak tracks

Recommended Tracks:
Reduced to the Failure of Prayer
Choke Beyond Betrayal
Sink Beneath Insanity

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ShinXetsu
October 13th 2011


605 Comments


Misspelled thrash a couple times through. Summary is pretty sketchy too.

seedofnothing
October 13th 2011


3425 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^thanks, all fixed

"Summary is pretty sketchy too"

please elaborate

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 13th 2011


16469 Comments


Summary has a couple grammar issues and is really, really blocky. Review is better than your last but try to steer clear from track-by-track reviews and instead describe the music in general with reference to the songs, not the other way around.

seedofnothing
October 13th 2011


3425 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"blocky"

please elaborate on "blocky"

thanks for your feedback, i will focus on describing the album as a whole
in future reviews

hatahs
October 13th 2011


140 Comments


Agreed with the length of songs being a flaw of skeletonwitch in general. Right when you get into a song it ends..

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 13th 2011


16469 Comments



please elaborate on "blocky"


The sentences are simple. It seems like there is no flow. You say one thing per sentence. Then move on.

The rest of the review is better, though.

seedofnothing
October 13th 2011


3425 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^
i get you, I should elaborate more on each thought rather than giving a summary than explaining later. thats a good rec

south_of_heaven 11
October 13th 2011


5438 Comments


Every time these guys come out with an album, I have hopes that it won't be bland. Too bad it usually is.

For what it's worth though, their album art is always killer.

JJmcJizzle
October 14th 2011


100 Comments


Much better review. don't think I'll get it based on how bland people say it is.

seedofnothing
October 14th 2011


3425 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

haha thanks bro, yeah if anything, maybe give the recommended tracks a listen on youtube, but other than that, I wouldn't waste my cheese on it

Uranium
October 14th 2011


7257 Comments


this was pretty lackluster for me

seedofnothing
October 14th 2011


3425 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0








linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
November 6th 2011


1917 Comments


Great album,but not quite their best. Some darker moments are displayed here for sure. Cant wait to see them live again!

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SteelErectedb4you8er
November 6th 2011


2618 Comments


I own Beyond the Permafrost and Breathing the Fire, and on record, it just doesn't do them justice. However, you see these guys live, and they are one of the best live acts around. I just wish their recordings captured the essence they have on stage. Trust me, see these guys live.

seedofnothing
November 6th 2011


3425 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

wouldnt mind seein them live

album is good but not a 4.5, too many flaws in the composition area and shortness of the songs

but i respect ur rating bro

DeathByAstonishment
May 9th 2012


269 Comments


Album is average in every sense. Only cool thing is the combo of black and thrash.

mindleviticus
July 30th 2012


8327 Comments


Album kicks so much ass.

JokineAugustus
September 15th 2013


6379 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm liking this more. Its been a while since I listened to it last.

Digging: Cursed - I

ToMMyMiL16
October 22nd 2013


261 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Anyone who truly likes thrash, death, or black metal should love this band.

Vakarian12
December 31st 2013


3906 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome band of ash and torment m/

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