Abiotic
Symbiosis


3.5
great

Review

by VinesOvThorn USER (2 Reviews)
June 4th, 2013 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Modern tech death that favours breakdowns over technical wankery.

Formed in 2010, Miami, Florida technical death metal outfit Abiotic immediately got to work by recording and self releasing there debut Ep "A Universal Plague" the very next year. Shortly after they were signed to Metal Blade Records and we're ready to record the first full length album of their young careers "Symbiosis", which essentially is the Ep re-recorded and remastered with three new songs.

Clocking in at just over forty-three minutes "Symbiosis" is a unrelenting slab of technical deathcore that offers little breathing room through its entirety. The intro track which starts off a creepy little piano then delves into intense tremolo picked guitar riffs and a mini solo over a breakdown serves a good start before the hard hitting lead single "Vermosapien" punches you in the face with massive chugging riffs, Ridiculous gutturals and shrieks, nice lead guitar work and even some audible and smooth bass lines. Although mainly sticking to the formula I mentioned above they occasionally do they're best to stay away from predictable song structures, such as on the track "A Universal Plague" which features a neat jazz solo that wouldn't sound out of place on a "Cynic" record. Another track worth mentioning is "Hegira", a six minute instrumental track that contains some of the albums best guitar work as well as a guest guitar solo from Steven Funderburk of the band "Wretched".

Despite the technically proficient guitar work and groove laced riffing of guitar duo John Matos and Matt Mendez its bassist Alex Vasquez who really steals the show with his incredibly smooth bass lines that add so much in the more melodic and progressive sections featured throughout the album where he proves he can hang with the best that the genre offers. I really wish there was more to say about the drumming on the album but it just seems they are trying to keep up with the stupid fast tech death pace and offer little to creativity. Last but not least vocalist Ray Jimenez vocal performance is devasting and may also be the hit or miss part of the band due to his over the top extremity. He is either using his ultra low growl or a piercing shriek that may become grating after a while.

Now let me get to the biggest issue this album has, which is a complete lack of memorable guitar riffs due to the fact they're all incredibly short . Also if they eliminated some of the open chord chugging they utilize the songs could do so much more. So all in all, Abiotic have created a relatively solid debut Lp that is sure to satisfy fans of modern tech death and deathcore and has me looking forward to future releases.


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VinesOvThorn
June 3rd 2013


198 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album was in need of a review.

YoYoMancuso
June 3rd 2013


11084 Comments


these guys must really love biology class

VinesOvThorn
June 3rd 2013


198 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I lol'd. That was a good one

YoYoMancuso
June 3rd 2013


11084 Comments


Nah but in all seriousness this review is pretty good. Concise and informative.

VinesOvThorn
June 3rd 2013


198 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man I appreciate you taking the time to read it. I really enjoy writing and I'm gonna start reviewing quite a bit now.

TheMoreira
June 5th 2013


7177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, made me want to go back listening to this the soonest. Yeah i've listened to their EP when it came out, but i recon i didn't give it a proper chance.

And oh yeah, keep writing man. Other than some minor grammar mistakes, this review was very well written.

Sheaiskl
June 5th 2013


816 Comments


"these guys must really love biology class"

jesus i actually have an exam on these things in a week

TheMoreira
June 5th 2013


7177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Listen to this then, it might help.

VinesOvThorn
June 5th 2013


198 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Moreira, your a bro.

TheMoreira
June 5th 2013


7177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Cheers mate.

SlMBOLlC
July 13th 2013


5191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

vox are lolbad

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
July 13th 2013


14382 Comments


"Modern tech death that favours breakdowns over technical wankery"

Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

Digging: We Will Fail - Verstörung

SlMBOLlC
July 13th 2013


5191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

its mrh. juns arent too bad vs wankz

TheMoreira
July 13th 2013


7177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Jac's avatar is going "CHOO CHOO MADAFAKAAS"

This album's pretty decent!

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
July 13th 2013


14382 Comments


My avatar > This album

TheMoreira
July 13th 2013


7177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'll miss the pony though..

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
July 13th 2013


14382 Comments


Lol don't worry, she'll be back soon enough, but for now I'm repping Pingu.

Nocturnal
September 23rd 2013


1329 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome album. Vermosapien and Facades go so hard

MudIdol
July 31st 2014


581 Comments


Just checked Vermosapien and now I have to hear the rest of it when I have time. The bassist has some skillz.



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