|Review: Abadden - Sentenced to Death|
|Sentenced to Death|
Label: Rising Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: November 5, 2010
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
for:Sentenced to Death
Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)
With old school Thrash as their weapon, the United Kingdom's Abadden, released an EP and single over the last years. Now comes their debut full-length, Sentenced to Death, via Rising Records. Various influences can be heard, from Testament, old Metallica and old Sepultura, from the Americas, to European bands such as Kreator and Sodom. Sentenced to Death may sound violent and full of attitude but Abadden and originality certainly did not walk hand in hand on this release.
One of the biggest challenges new bands face is not sounding like their heroes. That is especially true in Thrash Metal, which tends to be plain and simple and where many of the riffs are used again and again. On Sentenced to Death, Abadden cranks out some great, old school riffs, but the bottom line is that they sound like they came from various classic Thrash albums. It doesn't sound as though the band was attempting to copy anyone else, but there just isn't anything particularly distinctive about them.
The production also bothered me with a phase resolution problem that degraded the listening experience. Other than that, it was a pleasure to hear the sounds of the past, like 90s-era Sodom or 80s-era Testament. The guitars are right up front, intensifying the violence, power and aggression much like an old school album.
Sentenced to Death is a respectable debut, almost like a "tribute" to the giants of Thrash, both from Europe and the New World. The album is energetic, heavy, violent and crushing. I will be waiting to hear the band's own touch on their next release.
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