Abacinate - Genesis

The old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” rings true with Abacinate’s second full length “Genesis” because once you get past the amateurish album cover with the obligatory undecipherable logo you’ll find out a work that isn’t bad at all.
Although this U.S. five-piece plays a sort groove oriented death-metal that isn’t bound to break any new ground, their Dying Fetus meets Merauder style is fairly competent and solid. Expect some vigorously fierce riffs, harsh growls, vile screams and lots of double bass pummelling all delivered in a furious manner. Occasionally, the band tosses in elements from other genres like traditional heavy metal and sludge, perhaps in an attempt to prevent the songs from sounding too homogeneous.
One of my favourite songs of the album is “Purveyors of Scum” and serves to best illustrate their subtle eclecticism, as it starts with some vicious mid-tempo riffs akin to Morbid Angel circa “Domination”, then gradually tails off into some deathcore manoeuvres before ending with a glorious groovy and sludgy riff.
Overall, “Genesis” isn’t bad record at all, but it’s not great either and probably will be confined to remain in obscurity.

David Alexandre

Band info: www.myspace.com/abacinatenj
Label info: www.epitomite.com
For fans of: Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Pathology