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Review: Abitabyss - Rural métal
Rural métal

Label: Independent
Year released: 2014
Duration: 45:00
Tracks: 13
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: April 22, 2019
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Rural métal

Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (3 Votes)

Well, this is fun. At least it's fun if you understand French-Canadian slang and also have some knowledge of rural northern Quebec and its industries, such as logging and mining. Having grown up in the same region as the guys from Abitabyss, I couldn't help but laugh out loud at some of the expressions and interludes on this album.

Abitabyss are fun, but musically this is hard-hitting brutal death metal that has nothing to envy some of the bigger names in the genre. Try to headbang to some of this and your head is pretty much guaranteed to fall off–the rapid-fire drumming is especially prone to drawing you into such activities. The vocal style is mostly the expected death growls that are not especially decipherable, but there's none of the pig-squealing crap that often plagues album of the genre.

It's hard to say if Abitabyss have cornered themselves into a niche with their humorous, regional lyrical themes, but on the musical side this kicks just as much ass as anything out there.

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