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MB Premiere: ABSCESSION - 'Rains Of Death'

Do you need more Swedish death metal? That's a rhetorical question, of course you do. Don't have a lot of time to mess around? Also not a problem - ABSCESSION wastes no time getting to the point. It'll take about 30 seconds before you know if you like this or not. There's a punch and immediacy mixed with an attitude that doesn't fuck around to this new album, Rot Of Ages (out on November 19th, 2021), which we at MetalBite get to introduce a new song from today.

ABSCESSION appears to mostly be based out of Sweden, while head honcho Markus Skroch is German in origin. That alone gives you a good idea of what this sounds like: that crunchy HM-2 sound, a good deal of Dismember and Carnage worship, and infectious melodic hooks that never detract from the crushing brutality. In addition, there's a certain efficiency and consistency to this that could have only been crafted by disciplined German hands. I don't know what it is about that region of the world, but all of the music I hear that comes out of it - everything from The Spirit to Defeated Sanity to Dauþuz to Wheel to Blind fucking Guardian - has a fine-tuned precision to go with quality and care put into every individual riff.

Rot Of Ages has that same thorough quality that necessitates a listen of the full album, but that ain't how internet promos work. Fortunately, the song you do get to hear for now, 'Rains Of Death' is one of the album's best tracks and like any good Swedeath, fuses crunchy riffs with alluring melodies to give you something that hits right away - with enough nuance to also give you substantial replay value.

The song has no shortage of Dismember/Demonical inspired guitarwork (with that hint of infectious groove), but what elevates it to an addicting and regular listen for me is the infusion of a Peter Tägtgren styled ear for hooks, of which there are many. Wait until the main chorus comes in and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about - the song gets borderline anthemic and almost turns itself into pop music, but I'm only saying that because of how easy the riffs latch on to the part of your brain that makes you headbang.

'Rains Of Death' feels perfectly at home in a mid-era Hypocrisy album, but still has enough teeth to win over some of the stingier death-heads out there. Even with a somewhat predictable verse-chorus structure, the ways it flows still surprises you. I feel like a broken record saying it at this point: Once again, Transcending Obscurity Records has delivered the goods, with yet another release in Rot Of Ages that has both surface appeal and compositional depth in spades. Check out the premiere below to get the inside scoop on one of Swedeath's most promising upstarts.


Thomas Clifford - Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lyrics
Skaldir - Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Markus Porsklev - Drums



Entered: 9/22/2021 12:12:32 AM