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Review: Drown in the Abyss - Rising from the Tides
Drown in the Abyss
Rising from the Tides

Label: Independent
Year released: 2020
Duration: 4:28
Tracks: 1
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: January 25, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Rising from the Tides

Rated 3.6/5 (72%) (5 Votes)

More often than not I'll skip singles because, well, it's only one song. This one caught my attention because the band is from the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Québec I grew up in, though I've never been to their hometown of La Sarre. Mind you, that region is bigger than most countries in terms of land area, so I never got to explore it all.

Drown in the Abyss play a rather melodic form of death metal (more like deathcore, but that line can be blurry and that is the case here), that is "death metal that is melodic" and not the Gothenburg stuff. The song kicks in with kind of a dramatic-sounding orchestra-style intro, akin to what you hear in some epic movie soundtracks, and then the metal moves in. Their music is on the technical side of things but there's quite a bit of chaos and brutality going on in there, and it's a busy composition with what I guess could qualify as symphonic elements and a generous but tasteful use of keyboards. It took me some time to get used to the vocals that mix growls and a more -core-ish style of vocals and even a couple of very short pig squeals. What sets this apart a little is how much melody is riding the wave of the more brutal music underneath; the guys aren't afraid to blend melancholy with their brutality. It's certainly interesting, though I don't know if it's a sound I'd like to listen to for the duration of an album. We shall see when they have their debut ready. ;)

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