Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Abyssal - Antikatastaseis

I'll admit it, before today I had never heard of Abyssal. But now, with only repeat listening of their newest record, the impossible to spell Antikatastaseis, to my credit I have to say that I am in love with the groups antediluvian charm. The way the band is able to so seamlessly meld more epic and dissonant elements with unbridled death metal aggression is stunning and makes for some incredibly inspiring music. Abyssal sound like almost no one else out there right now and it's a wonder that they aren't bigger already.

What I adore about Antikatastaseis is that Abyssal seem to have an understanding of traditional rock and roll tropes alongside elements of extremely cerebral death metal. Sure the growls are incredibly brutal and the synth parts crucial to the whole thing, but every once in a while the band delves into something that, in a strange way, just rocks. This is the kind of band you have to truly meditate on to get merely because their latest brainchild is so overwhelming in scope. If you're not mentally prepared for it then the opening chaos of I Am The Alpha And The Omega would merely overwhelm the listener and leave you gasping for air.

Abyssal are turned on to a much darker reality and there is something wonderfully evil about what they do. It's easy to fall in love with the triumph of Antikatastaseis simply because it is so unique and if you have the right kind of mind, then this is all you want your death metal to be. Sure, Abyssal probably aren't going to appeal to a lot of Repulsion fanboys out there, but for those of us who dig the madness of bands like Ulcerate then what could be better than a group who seem to take oppressive death metal to its logical extreme?

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