Thursday, 16 June 2016

Abnormality "Mechanisms Of Omniscience" (2016)


My excitement for the news of Abnormality's sophomore record was high but faded quickly upon hearing it for the first time and many listens hasn't warmed me away from that initial disappointment. I discovered this band through their video for "Monarch Omega", a brutal onslaught of catchy demonic riffs and blinding blast beats. Their debut "Contaminating The Hive Mind" didn't quite deliver the same energy on every track but showed a lot of promise for a band who weren't trying to rewrite the rule book but carve their own style into an already heavily saturated Death Metal scene.

"Mechanisms Of Omniscience" hasn't left me with much to remark on other than a consistently flat feeling from one track to the next. Its hardly offensive, out of touch or missing the mark and the record is a consistent flow of tight and precise Death Metal from the ever rattling sonic drums to the frenetic guitar work and deep guttural vocals. With the exception of one track nothing in the record seems to break away or feel remarkable, its a constant drone of colorless brutality and dissonant guitar works that shifts, transforms and effortlessly flows through its arrangement of riffs that never culminating emotionally. The production and instrumental performances are on point but nothing meaningful emerges and even in its heaviness that adrenaline surge you'd expect is nowhere to be found. Its to much to be critical of that but no matter how many times I gave it a spin there was very little to be excited about.

Favorite Track: Synthetic Pathogenesis
Rating: 4/10

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  2. I'm not gonna lie this album isn't great but I wouldn't say it deserves a 4, whilst it's true that it feels lacking in emotional delivery you have to consider the amount of talent needed to pull of what they do is something not to go unnoticed, I'd personally give it a 6, but after reading your opinions and taking your viewpoint into consideration, maybe a 5. Either way thanks for giving me a new album to listen to :D
    -Multi

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    1. a 4 from me probably isn't as harsh as you'd think. Id say 5 is my baseline for a decent record :-)

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  3. Oh man, I just found out about your blog, Xis! Great stuff, a metal and hip hop head! I don't agree with everything (that Godspeed You! Black Emperor album man, it's one of the greatest masterpiece of modern times), but we certainly have some things in common (Kraftwerk, King Crimson, Kendrick, Candlemass, Death Grips and all that jazz <3).

    Do you have a rateyourmusic account or some stuff like that?

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    1. I do not :-) And I'm aware of the praise that record has received, unfortunately it didn't click on that level with me.

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