Abysmal Torment – The Misanthrope Album Review

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Abysmal Torment – The Misanthrope Album Review

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Hands down the best intro song on any 2018 metal album. I’ll admit I haven’t listened to Abysmal Torment before this – “The Misanthrope” (2018, tech death) – but I think that’s a good thing so that I can come form an objective view as an avid death metal fan and not compare it to any of the previous (three) studio releases.

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However, what I can say, is that Abysmal Torment is definitely making it up in the world of death metal just from the amount of buzz that this album has created. Each song sweeps through in this wave of the purest forms of anger and all out aggression, something that I would compare to Dyscarnate’s “With All Their Might” except obviously a shit ton heavier. The dual vocals are not something that you see very often at all in extreme metal. I literally can’t think of another band besides Dyscarnate that has dual growlers. The fact that this band hails from Malta amazes me. I honestly didn’t know where in Europe Malta was, let alone that it was an island in the middle of the ocean. Classic ignorant metalhead. Even song structure is just incredible, particularly “Second Death” and it’s just so unapologetic because they’re not holding back and completely owning their originality. And original they definitely fucking are. Another example might be “Squalid Thoughts” where you get this seemingly normal Abysmal Torment song but then these polyrhythmic aspects start getting introduced and it’s just so subtle, like ‘oh here’s some polyrhythmic drumming while my guitarist shreds a fucking ripper solo.’ Even those slam death metal vibes in “Strains of Brutality” are just so unexpected too. There’s definitely enough slam in the world, or maybe not enough (depending which way you look at it) but it’s really still unique and not generic by any means. Who said metal was stale? That’s right, fucking Matt Tuck. Fuck you Matt Tuck!

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Abysmal Torment – The Misanthrope Album Review – Heavy Metal T Shirts – Metalhead Community Blog

The sound production/quality on this album is superb. I’m seldom a fan of triggered bass sounds, not saying that I’m against them because there’s definitely a need for them – I mean it’s become a nessecity in a lot of the more extreme metal bands otherwise you’re just not getting that quality sound in the blast beats – but it’s normally the actual triggered sound that gets to me, a lot of them are just so distasteful and clearly fucking come out of a computer. I don’t know what Max used to track drums on this album, but shit he did it well. There’s definitely a more human sounding aspect to these drums, like they’re clearly triggered but the drums are very nuanced (especially the cymbals) and emotionally driven to the point where I can hear and see Max playing this not some fucking drum programme. And don’t get me started on the guitars… riffage, sweep picking, and tremolos for fucking days! It’s probably the 8 strings that they’re using (which I believe is a first for them) which creates these really pure and heavily layered sounding guitar tracks which I’m incredibly grateful for. Even the bass is not lost in the mix at all, and plays a very prominent role in this album. Even the samples used are just incredibly well chosen, coming from True Detective in “The Pessimist”, it just fits so perfectly well with the musical themes of the entire album. And the idea of using samples is not overdone either, it’s done so that they come as a surprise almost. Like not only did the band just release some of the best death metal tracks of 2018, but they sampled one of the greatest TV shows ever made.

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Abysmal Torment – The Misanthrope Album Review – Heavy Metal T Shirts – Metalhead Community Blog

Clocking in at only 31 minutes, it really doesn’t feel that short to be honest. And although one might assume based off the length that the replay value is not as high as other releases of this year – that’s most definitely wrong. I think the value of this album really increases greatly with each spin. For me, the second half of the album actually gains a lot more awesomeness the more I listen to it.

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