Abythic – Conjuring the Obscure

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label URL: http://www.xtreemmusic.com
Released: 2019
Buy Album: https://xtreemmusic.bandcamp.com/album/conjuring-the-obscure
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/Abythic/

Band Line-up:

M.D.B. -Lead & Rhythm Guitars (ex-Impure, Adversvm, Sacrilegious Rite)
Thym -Drums (Suffocate Bastard)
Chryth -Bass (Reckless Manslaughter)
Leimy -Vocals on Chapter I (Reckless Manslaughter)
Killrich -Vocals on Chapter II (ex-Ingurgitating Oblivion, Slaughterday (live))
Mark -Vocals on Chapter III (Selfdevoured)
Marcel -Vocals on Chapter IV (Anam)

Tracklisting:

1. Eternal Chaos Will Rise
2. Order of the Gash
3. Shrouded in Perpetual Darkness
4. Ruins in a Wasteland of Visions
5. Drifting Among Shadows
6. Coronation By the Burning Winds
7. Shadows of Becoming Might
8. Let the Purge Begin

Review:

Abythic are a German death metal band. They formed in 2015 and in the same year they released their debut EP ‘A Full Negation of Existence’. Their first full length effort ‘Beneath Ancient Portals’ followed that in 2018 and was released through Blood Harvest Records. Their sophomore release in question ‘Conjuring the Obscure’ is a concept album divided into four differing chapters, shared between four vocalists. It will be released on September 11th though Xtreem Music.

As death metal bands go, Abythic aren’t super crazy. Rather than them being like Cannibal Corpse, they are more like the milder Dethklok in tone. It’s hard to say why, but it seems there’s something about the vocal deliveries that often makes the sound almost ‘fun’ rather than aggressive and hateful, but maybe that’s just me. Other times the ‘singing’ is more thrashy than anything else, pumping the adrenaline, rather than sounding truly evil. Some screams even seem to be a tad tongue in cheek. Furthermore, despite the frequent tremolo picking and double peddling, the tempos on offer are relatively tame most of the time. Those traits alone make the material kind of interesting. Life doesn’t have to be TOTALLY serious and raging all the time, right? To be clear though, I am in no way suggesting the group are soft. That would be mental. 

The guitar solos occasionally heard aren’t bad, but they aren’t exactly delivered with complete confidence and consequently don’t really add anything to the experience. They kind of sound like afterthoughts and are arguably too high in the mix because of that. Speaking of the mix and the production in general, everything is very thick and powerful sounding without coming across as ultra-computer modified and fake. The drumming has a bit of groove to it which isn’t always heard in this genre. Furthermore, despite the so called different sections of the LP, the vibes are rather similar from start to finish. (Although to be fair, things get heavier and faster towards the end). But again, as everything is ‘fun’ sounding, maybe that’s not a real problem. Just enjoy the experience. With thunderous riff after riff after riff, how bad can things be?

In conclusion, if you like your music to be as intense and ridiculous as possible, you may be disappointed with Abythic. However, if you don’t mind frequent slower tempos and (relatively) basic guitar patterns that are often somewhat reminiscent of the super-crunchy, moshy and catchy Bolt Thrower, you may be very happy with this release. Again, you might be a bit disappointed with the attempted concept of ‘four sections’ as the album may sound like it has one, (at least for those whose knowledge of the genre is limited), but turn the music up and don’t think too deeply about all of that. Indeed, forget about everything and rock out!

Review by Simon Wiedemann

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