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Review: Abominattion - Doutrine of False Martyr
Doutrine of False Martyr

Label: Animate Records
Year released: 2003
Duration: 41:32
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: October 1, 2006
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating
Doutrine of False Martyr

Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

Yep, you read it right, this is Abominattion (two't's). Not to be confused with the US thrashers of yore who lucked out with the correct spelling; this is the cult Brazilian four piece of noise mongers. 'Doutrine of False Martyr' is the band's 2nd effort, which is re-issued here with two bonus tracks tacked on from their various demos (when they went under the equally dubiously spelled moniker 'Anesthesia').

When this album was originally released in 2001, it was only available on a small Brazilian label and was limited to 500 copies, hence the re-issue on Animate Records of Germany. Starting off the album is the nicely clichéd sample of gusting winds, explosions and chattering birds, which eventually gives way to a massive kick into overdrive from the off. Ultra fast hammered-on scale notes played in triplets, almost exactly like their country-mates Krisiun blasting through your speakers at a rate of knots. Krisiun is definitely the best comparison sound-wise, with hints of similarly Brazilian domiciled Rebaellion in the lightning speed guitar solos, and (of course) a healthy dose of good old Morbid Angel worship when the tempo does occasionally decrease in the slower octave chord guitar lines of various tracks on offer here.

Although there is hardly any let up in the speed of the guitars, the drums are not all blast ridden, allowing the catchy rhythms and clarity of guitar playing to shine through, and the music as a whole is given plenty of much needed breathing space as a result. It's not a secret, but when you play this style of metal, you need to be technically proficient with your instruments, or it will show glaringly on plastic (luckily these guys are pretty decent at what they do).

My favourite track has to be the title track of the album, where they notably intersperse open string tremolo dive bombs a la Morbid Angel, seasoning the chaos nicely and adding depth when needed. This helps to stop the proceedings from just becoming a full on 'washing machine' blast-fest. Also notable is the near two minute intro to the track 'The Unholy March', which consists of what sounds like a singular guitar doing super speedy runs with a harmoniser on. While nothing jaw dropping technically, it's still fairly impressive (it's the sort of thing you see old men doing in guitar shops trying to show off!) and it leads into an excellent Morbid Angel styled instrumental, complete with booming drums and low tuned guitars.

All in all, while they won't be stealing any crowns just yet with this re-release, they are a pretty respectable band who you could do a lot worse than checking out in my estimations

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