Review Summary: 1994 shows the loss of a band who had potential, as seen in this 1991 demo of near perfection2 of 2 thought this review was well written
My oh my is it a shame that these guys broke up. Abhoth was one of the first death metal bands ever to come out of Sweden, and although they've only released several demo's, and an EP, they still showed so much potential to be a big and beautiful underground metal act to carry on for years upon years. Forever to Be Vanished There In
is the 5th demo by these guys, and it brings to the table only more death metal aptitude as seen before in the Rehearsal
series of December, 1989, to 1990. Forever to Be Vanished There in
is simply three relatively average length tracks that do nothing more than express a formula of death metal originality, and unlike many future metal acts, this band revolves around their own basic formula of sing-writing.
This demo contains some pretty decent drum action, with good filler, and chugging riffs, but never overdoes it with add-on melodies that we just don't need. The first track Darkness Greets
starts in a groovy fashion, with extremely deep chugging riffs, and slow drums, and the vocalist popping in and out at ease, but evolves into a pretty hard hitting track, fast-paced, and is the best flowing track on the album. The track also features a couple pretty decent solos by Anfinn Skuldevold, which is a pretty interesting addition, especially once you take into consideration that stuff like this doesn't come around that much anymore.
The next self-titled track on the other hand, doesn't quite fit up to par with the previous track. While you're left with an earful of chugging riffs, and you might even be tapping your foot by the time it's over, but that's about it. Once again, you've got a solo coming about mid-length of the track, and although it is faster than the one's in the previous track, it is also shorter and pretty uninteresting. While this track isn't necessarily skip-worthy, it is pretty easy to recognize its lesser significance compared to the previous track, and most especially the upcoming track.
The final track to this demo, Recantetion of the Forsaken
is easily the best track on this demo, even though the first one flowed so well. The first track had evolution to it, so a steady and rhythmic flow was required, this track on the other hand is heavy, fast, and slamming from beginning to end. Almost right in the beginning there is the best solo on this album, followed by Jörgen Kristensen continuing his riff rampage, while the deep bass kick continues on. The vocalist is also at his best in this track, considering he is able to get in the track and have his way, but not succeed the instrumentalists who are skilled enough to create a full-length album, no problem. Unfortunately, this never happens.
The 5th demo by Abhoth is certainly not one to be ashamed of, and it is definitely one of their best, and it's easy to remember. It is short, simple, and straight to the point; something that a lot of metal artists nowadays take for granted.