Saturday, February 09, 2013

Review: Abriosis - Vessel

Abriosis are a four-piece progressive/technical death metal group from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. The group have been active since 2007, and have since released two EPs and one full-length album. In their short five year career, the band have already toured extensively along side some of the bigger names of their genre, including Hate Eternal, Origin and Vital Remains. Their debut full-length album, Tattered and Bound, received rave reviews upon its release in 2011, and now Abriosis have followed up with their latest descent into carnage; Vessel.

Genre: Progressive/Technical Death Metal
Label: Torn Flesh Records
Release Date: February 1st, 2013
  1. Crypsis
  2. Vessel
  3. Peering Into Oblivion
  4. Apochra
Total Playtime: 20 minutes, 07 seconds





Rating: 9.5/10




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Abriosis are a four-piece progressive/technical death metal group from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. The group have been active since 2007, and have since released two EPs and one full-length album. In their short five year career, the band have already toured extensively along side some of the bigger names of their genre, including Hate Eternal, Origin and Vital Remains. Their debut full-length album, Tattered and Bound, received rave reviews upon its release in 2011, and now Abriosis have followed up with their latest descent into carnage; Vessel.

When comparing the material on Vessel to that which is featured on Tattered and Bound, the vocals are more satisfyingly polished and even offer a recognizable hint of femininity this time around. Vocalist Alxs Ness injects rabid passion into her performance, causing her vocals to come across aggressive and domineering while boasting an enjoyable range of shrieks, growls and even some gutterals. Where the instrument performance is concerned, the band have switched up their approach and incorporate a large variety of methods to execute their technical prowess rather than sticking to a few styles such as sweeps; which are surprisingly not featured on this content. These musical progressions make this EP stand out among previous Abriosis material, and keep the audience from feeling like this album is tedious or needless; unlike many EPs which are 'more of the same' filler.


While the singular guitar provides a decent variety of power chord riffs, it mostly sticks to descending high fretwork leads and leaves the bass and drums to collaborate in the creation of background structure. This is a refreshing break from the typical technical metal standard of either having two guitars, or one guitar that layers a lead track over a rhythm track. The bass is audible enough to be heard throwing in brief, deep grooves and keeping a tight performance alongside the furious double bass drumming. The drumming alone is some of the fastest and well composed that one can find in technical death metal. While the content on Vessel is undoubtedly hectic, the structures allow the songs to slow down for the briefest of moments to breathe so that the sound doesn't continuously collide and end up causing stagnant background noise. "Peering into Oblivion" is the climax of the EP, and although not of similar musical style it is reminiscent of a similar composure found on the track "Black Dust" by Aeternus... only faster, technical and more brutal.

In conclusion, Abriosis have really hit the nail on the head with Vessel. A refreshing EP that vaunts the style and sound of Abriosis, but with new elements that kick the brutality up a few notches and keeps it far away from any description involving the words 'stale' or 'repetitive'. On the downside, the content barely reaches the twenty minute mark, on the upside it can be listened to many subsequent times without the listener getting tired of it. Luckily for you, Abriosis have offered up this EP for free (or you can pay what you want) via their Bandcamp page. What are you waiting for, someone to do it for you? Click and get it, now!!!

Digital Download Provided by: Ricburn Media

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