Abacus
Abacus


3.5
great

Review

by CaptainDooRight USER (93 Reviews)
August 22nd, 2013 | 11 replies | 934 views


Release Date: 05/19/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Furious-mature grind hardcore balanced with occasional moments of cohesive harmonies and dynamic shifts, leaving a lasting impression led by solid guitar and above par drum work.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Hailing from Columbia, Abacus’ first release proves to be a well composed-cohesive display of musical maturity. Hitting high marks of connective disseminations, standing different than many other grind-core fusion bands, Abacus tends to focus on musical dynamics with moments of raging fury and melodic mid tempos rather than unending chaos. This symmetry is the backbone to what makes this release successful and attributes well to positive prospects for enjoyable future releases. The opener “Expecting Blues” is a good introduction into what you would expect to hear throughout this EP. Starting off rather energetic, the listener is introduced with a few seconds of mid-complex power chords which is, within seconds, backed up by drum work that immediately tends to carry the tracks forward while creating high levels of amusement; yet, not in a “show-off’y” type of way. For instance, rather than sticking with a typical down beat pattern the drummer likes to mix it up with down beat ‘scatters’ and fills that serve as the rhythm rather than a typical ‘fill’ linked to a non-fill pattern. The interchange of drum and guitar work aims to form strong bonds of unity with each category, encouraging progression. The drums tend to push the guitars to their peak margin which allows the guitars to switch up into fitting tempo changes or progressive transitions, and the guitars always seem to deliver. In fact, over time with repeated listens, the transparency of how well the guitars and drums dance with each other shows how integral these enjoyable factors truly are. Every track tends to hold its own signature feel where moments of death metal leak through and even moments of sludge-doom are found on "Untitled" and “Liars Prosper”; which by the way are one of, if not the heaviest tracks on this offering.

I especially appreciate the production on this release as it fits the artwork very well. The white and black shades of religious-blasphemed depictions are a good reflection of the grimy-crusty guitar tones you’ll experience. The constant prominent-tyrannical drum work associates well with the forthright message of ecclesiastical contempt, but as mentioned before, it's presented in a sophisticated manner. The mid-high vocals, which are more hardcore-like than any other, fit the music very well and sits in the balanced mix at average levels. At times I wish the vocals were a bit higher in the mix, elaborating on ‘average levels’, because at high volume levels you can hear every component well but the vocals lose their presence more and more the higher you go. This is not to say that the vocals were executed poorly, they just should be louder in the mix to drive that aggressive factor home.

Within the realms of grind-core, Abacus’ first offering sits well within expectations of this movement’s best works. And although this may be nothing new to the genre or necessarily innovative for that matter it is still a solid effort and is very enjoyable due to the well fitting production and balance of dynamics which gives good attention to variety and rapport. It’s easily one of the better releases I’ve heard from 2013 that just keeps me coming back for more. Man, those drums.



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CaptainDooRight
August 22nd 2013



28838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Free official stream/download:

http://abacustheband.bandcamp.com/album/s-t-ep

wacknizzle
August 22nd 2013



12980 Comments


Nice review dude, this sounds awesome so far, right up my alley. The drums could be a little lower in the mix, they're too dominating especially with how intense the playing is.

Digging: Amenra - Mass V

CaptainDooRight
August 22nd 2013



28838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Wack. They are definitely higher in the mix than most bands/albums. I'm personally not bothered by their levels due to my love for them and the style they bring to the music. In fact, the drums are my single most favorite element here with the guitars being second. Them being higher in the mix allows me to focus more on them. However, I can definitely see where you're coming from. That feature may not be for everyone. Do you agree with my comment regarding the vocals being too low in the mix? Regardless, I'm glad to hear you're enjoying this.

wacknizzle
August 22nd 2013



12980 Comments


On just my computer speakers the levels are about the same as the guitar, they could maybe a little bit louder since the vox rule, but the current levels don't seem to bother me much.

CaptainDooRight
August 22nd 2013



28838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cool, thanks for that feedback. I was just curious how they sound in different ears.

zaruyache
August 22nd 2013



6268 Comments


Grind.

Digging: CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe

Kman418
August 22nd 2013



10204 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

vox r cool

Digging: OutKast - Aquemini

Kman418
August 22nd 2013



10204 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

rest is kinda meh thoooooo

CaptainDooRight
August 22nd 2013



28838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for rating and your comments guys.

Pestiferous
August 23rd 2013



1205 Comments


i just can't trust grind/hardcore younger than 1995

CaptainDooRight
August 24th 2013



28838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Then you shouldn't have a problem here. Unless, you were meaning or meant to say something else.



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