Chuck Schuldiner Project

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hollow Leg-Abysmal

Hollow Leg have been around for half a decade. Their music is heavy, destructive, bone snapping. This is sludgy doom metal at its finest. The relentless crush of Hollow Leg will take your soul and their new record Abysmal is filled with a hatred and desperation that will overwhelm even the most jaded doomeister. Filled with Orange Goblin derived riffs and bass lines so heavy they melt the sun Hollow Leg know how to doom it up. This is exactly the kind of thing that has kept the doomunity going for all these years, something heavy and passionate, triumphant in its destructive crawl.

The first thing that will strike you about this record is the way that it slowly eats you alive. From the opening chords of the title track you know that there is no way to get out of Abysmal feeling the same as you did going in. With these eight tracks Hollow Leg latch on to your soul and wring its neck. Yet at the same time there is something distinctly human about this record. Yet, it does not focus on the beauty of mankind like Pallbearer or Windhand might, but rather the existential horrors, the terrors behind the veil of society. Driven by colossal riffs and a dedication to all things heavy, Abysmal gets at the inner horror of the human condition in a way that only doom metal can.

In closing, Abysmal is not here for the fans, but for the band. It just so happens that a lot of people will dig it. These riffs are easy to latch on too, they bring you down into a pit of despair, but the ride is glorious. The trademark chug of the band helps to give the entire thing forward motion and make Hollow Leg an addictive listen. The band seems to still be developing, yet I get the distinct impression they will go far. Their antediluvian might comes from something greater than common man can comprehend and their undying riffs will have your head on a stick.

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