Abramelin(Repulse - 1997)
A brutal deathgrind band from Australia. The sound is very thick and the production helps this by accentuating the guitars. However, I do wish sometimes that the drumming would get a slightly higher and crystal clear part in the music, but there is nothing to complain about here really. At times, this band sounds like a less impressive version of Cryptopsy, but even that is something worth bragging about. But whereas Cryptopsy tops even this band in technicality and precision, Abramelin have one improvement over Cryptopsy in the continuous composition (or groove) department. Amazingly, this band doesn't suffer from a chaotic hodgepodge of riffs like most of the others in this genre; instead, the song flows and grabs you all the way through. They use bridges well and the arrangements vary so that the album doesn't sound the same throughout. The drummer is precise and talented, the guitars are always thick and grinding. Vocals are of the gargling, brutal growl kind but changes its timbre at times. What stands out in this release is the 2 minute beautiful acoustic piece at the end of track #5 - a beauty that helps the whole album greatly by caressing the senses and easing out the numbness before beating them up again. The last track is unique: An atmospheric, rhythmic song with 'tribal'-style drumming and singing, straight out of an aboriginal dance. Very recommended.