Thursday, May 01, 2014

Review: Rising - Abominor

At the time when they were recording Abominor, Rising were a three piece band who've recently dropped down into a twosome. The Denmark based group have been pretty busy since their beginnings in 2008, having released an EP shortly thereafter and followed up with a single, then their first full-length release in 2011 titled To Solemn Ash. The debut release has now been quickly followed up with Rising's sophomore album, Abominor

Genre: Sludge Metal, Groove Metal
Release Date: November 4th, 2013
  1. The Disdain
  2. Reproach
  3. Vengeance is Timeless
  4. The Hills Below
  5. Leech
  6. Suffering Nameless
  7. Broken Asunder
  8. The Malice
  9. Gaunt
Total Playtime: 38 minutes, 58 seconds





Rating: 8.0/10




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At the time when they were recording Abominor, Rising were a three piece band who've recently dropped down into a twosome. The Denmark based group have been pretty busy since their beginnings in 2008, having released an EP shortly thereafter and followed up with a single, then their first full-length release in 2011 titled To Solemn Ash. The debut release has now been quickly followed up with Rising's sophomore album, Abominor.

An applaudable take on sludge injected groove metal with a slight hardcore aura, Abominor features the gritty, combative vocals, occasionally backed by enthralling chants, that are well associated with hardcore acts and lays this component over top of memorable punky sludge rhythms that are more intermediate branches from their roots. Each track is more impressive than the last, with its own set of guitar hooks, grounding patterns and ever evolving musical structures while being able to maintain the same tones and distortions throughout without becoming redundant. The vocals change up their highs and lows just enough to keep from becoming hackneyed, and the use of chants further keeps the listeners attention on the lyrical content of the album and makes them want to sing along at times.


The guitarist pulls out all of the stops in this material, from a few scattered pinch harmonics to well placed tremolo picking, a large variety of palm muted riffs as well as open strums and some amazing twangy solos that are exceptionally experienced; hell, he even busts out a pick slide in the bass heavy track "Suffering Nameless". The bass comes out to play quite often throughout the LP, the quick walking lines really pound the listener's ear drum after a while though each note played is pure pleasure. The drums keep a tight, emphatic beat in the background, displaying a never ending supply of punk derived rhythms. The sludge that these guys produce leans heavier on the side of hardcore as Rising bring hardened vocals and a large gathering of punk with them. The groove quality stands out in their melodic guitar compositions, where the drums are the main instrument that string along punk themes.

An uncommon joining of sludge, hardcore, punk and groove metal all in one, Abominor is one of those rarities that can't be issued justice through words alone due to how crafty the songwriting here really is. The region that this material comes from is an oddity as well, which most likely makes them stand out in their local scene. Definitely worth a listen or two, especially if you're into gritty sludge with melodic tendencies.

Digital Download Provided by: Rising

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