When the press email points out that an album is “… nasty, it’s rough but that’s the point”, I want to listen. And the folk at Future PR aren’t wrong. This is one brutal platter, and right back to basics. As the name may insinuate, Abaddon Incarnate are a death metal band so don’t expect any surprises to discover dark lyrical themes, walls of noise and vomited vocals.
You expect rough edges with an album sometimes. Well, Pessimist’s aren’t just rough – they’re splintered and sharp enough to slice you to the bone. With blasting drums that want to pound your head into the floor, guitars wailing and shrieking like impaled harpies and vocals reverberating their way from the pits of Hell itself, this is a dark and violent album.
It’s non-stop as well, with the tracks running into one another. I can’t comprehend how anyone could play a whole live set without supernatural assistance (or the stamina of a marathon runner), but the studio recording is superbly violent.
Pessimist was released yesterday through Candlelight Records (June 23rd).