Abnormality
Contaminating the Hive Mind


4.0
excellent

Review

by Abrogation USER (3 Reviews)
June 7th, 2012 | 26 replies | 4,758 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fast, brutal and memorable; Abnormality epitomises everything positive about the Death Metal genre.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

The Death Metal genre as a whole has been undergoing much change as of late. With the generally unwelcome introduction of the amalgamation of Death Metal and Hardcore, and bands opting towards technicality in disregard of song structure, unadulterated Death Metal was left in the background. Abnormality, while still residing in the unestablished realms of the genre, have unleashed a clinical display of Death Metal with their debut album Contaminating the Hive Mind.

The album opens up with Monarch Omega, as we are introduced with a barrage of drumming and guitar-work, leading into a generic guitar riff backed by blast beats. While guitarists Ben Durgin and Jeremy Henry don’t steal the show, they execute faultlessly their role in the band. The riffs are interesting and memorable; every riff is heavy and calculated. However, of upmost importance, the guitar-work adds to the aim of the album and the genre as a whole; aggression. Abnormality doesn’t utilize the overexertion of guitar-work when it is superfluous, focusing more intently on song structures. Although not overwhelming, by no means is the guitar-work simple. Ben’s technical prowess can be heard through his many well-placed guitar solos and Jeremy riffs are complex and intricate. In the end though, Abnormality’s guitarists succeed through structure; no riff or solo seems out of place and as a result the album flows flawlessly. Meanwhile, the bassist Josh Staples also fulfils his role in the band. While mixed low, Josh adds to the feel of aggression through his complement of the guitar-work.

Not enough can be said about the level of technical drumming showed in Death Metal, and Jay Blaisdell is no exception. Blast beats and rapid double bass are utilized throughout the album, with Jay presenting some interesting fills. Likewise with the other members of the band, Jay coalesces with his fellow musicians in order to present a representation of brutality, and ultimately succeeds.

The focal point of the band is the vocalist Mallika Sundaramurthy. Mallika stands out from the rest first and more unimportantly because she is a woman, but secondly because of her distinctive and exceptional vocal abilities. For the majority of the album, Mallika utilizes a low growl, but often shows her range through Black Metal-esque high pitched screams. As can be expected from the band, the lyrics are associated with death and suffering. However while the content is vile, the delivery is almost poetic-like, highlighting capable and exceptional lyrical skills.

Abnormality’s debut album exemplifies everything optimistic about the Death Metal genre, and creates a blueprint based around structure for other bands to follow.

Recommended Tracks:
• Monarch Omega,
• A Chaos Reserved,
• Schismatic,


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XfingTheSullen
June 7th 2012



2385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Fuck. Saw the video for "Monarch Omega". They have a chick singer. Arch Enemy are Fall Out Boy next to these guys.. Amazing.

Abrogation
June 7th 2012



38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

She is hot as well!

Tyrael
June 7th 2012



20740 Comments


She seems to be a much better growler than Angela Gossow

sweet

XfingTheSullen
June 7th 2012



2385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Looks like I found my favorite brutal death metal band, haha.

TooManyFriends
June 7th 2012



498 Comments


I will always remember this band as that one awful band with the horrible, extremely challenging death metal song on Rock Band 2.

Yazz_Flute
June 7th 2012



18764 Comments


Visions was a pretty good death metal song honestly.

Digging: Cormorant - Dwellings

Yazz_Flute
June 7th 2012



18764 Comments


o0o0o Monarch Omega was a pretty good song, I'm pleasantly surprised. The video was predictably terrible, though. I lol'd when she took her cell-phone out of her sexy leather boots.

jayfatha
June 7th 2012



2882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Visions rules, I gotta check this out. Pretty good review too, i'll pos

XfingTheSullen
June 7th 2012



2385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Both the singer chick and the actress from the video are rather copulation-worthy.

jayfatha
June 7th 2012



2882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fabrication of the Enemy absolutely destroys

glezz
June 8th 2012



235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeahhhh!

YUJOS
June 11th 2012



915 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

For a first album, this is really good! If their next album one surpasses this, then I think we will ba talking for a big band in the realm of death metal, in the near future.

Digging: Misery Index - The Killing Gods

AllGabrielsAreGlass
June 11th 2012



431 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Looks pretty good, Ill probably check it out.

YUJOS
June 11th 2012



915 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ You won't be dissapointed man. You should definetely check it

AllGabrielsAreGlass
June 11th 2012



431 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well I'll change that to definitely then. I'll shoutbox you my final verdict if you want.

YUJOS
June 11th 2012



915 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

As you wish man. Check also the videoclip of "Monarch Omega" to get a first taste of the album.

DallyLama
June 19th 2012



1065 Comments


lol i wonder if warhammer 40k is an influence on these guys

bowlofsoup
August 23rd 2012



1073 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is really cool.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2012



20655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the singer is hot

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

bowlofsoup
August 23rd 2012



1073 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I keep forgetting their singer isn't a guy. Definitely sounds like one



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