The Needle Drop

Abyssal - Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius

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Death metal outfit Abyssal drops its second full-length LP, and it's an extremely atmospheric take on one of music's most extreme genres. To most people out there, death metal sounds like pure noise; however, I wouldn't be surprised if even some death metal fans came away from this album feeling that way. The reverb-heavy production drowns much of what this album has to offer in a cloudy, hellish haze. To me, though, it gives the eleven tracks here a certain kind of allure.

The band's blast beats and down-tuned guitars come off every distant, sounding as if they're flying at me from the darkest depths of a, well, abyss. The band manages to throw some surprisingly harmonic guitar leads out there in numerous tracks as well. Give it a try, and see if it gives ya some chills.