Rating:
6.0
Lahmia - Into The Abyss
14 May 2012


01. Drag Me To Hell
02. Nightfall
03. Silent Through The Screaming Crowd
04. The Tunnel
05. Into The Abyss
06. Glass Eyed Child
07. Grinding Dreams
08. Strength From My Wounds
09. My Crown
10. Ab Aeterno


Think back to when you were 7 years old. You're cruising in a shopping cart under stark department store lighting, when you spot it, yes, that's right, that special G.I. Joe action figure you've seen in all the commercials. Yup, the one with all the best gadgets, coolest guns, and it even comes with that sweet-ass panzer tank-Harley Davidson crossbreed vehicle that shoots the mean looking missiles. Yes, that one. Your cheap-ass parents make you save up for weeks before you can covet this toy that's sure to complete your life. Going through the check-out is almost a religious experience. Then you get home, take it from the packaging, and holy mother of God this hunk of plastic sucks. It's flimsy, doesn't do all the crazy commando type shit that was promised, and the assembly instructions are written in some kind of extinct archaic language. The feeling of sitting through Lahmia's Into The Abyss is strikingly similar.

Judging by the album artwork, it's easy to guess this is some type of melodic death metal. Well, that's right, it's some straight-up Gothenburg style melodeath mixed with a few touches of thrash. The influence from Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy, and other such staples is very much apparent. Despite being pretty derivative, it's not too bad. Well, not entirely. The individual riffs are great. Equal parts catchy and aggressive, with just the right amount of high-flying leads; covering all the essentials of melodeath.

All this is pertaining to the individual segments, that is. The song structuring here is almost painful to deal with. A fantastic lead strikes up, you say to yourself "God damn, this is going to build up into something to justify shitting my pants to!" It doesn't. It generally will break into some boring filler riffs, followed by that anti-climactic lead again.

I wouldn't say this album is worth avoiding, especially if you revel in anti-climactic song writing, but all this repetition build-up with no direction is a cold slap in the dick more than anything.


 



Written on 11.05.2012 by
Doc Godin
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-DC-002- - 12.05.2012 at 05:54  
Har har good job on the review and good intro paragraph. I'll be sure to avoid this one
Marcus - 16.05.2012 at 06:44  
Great, especially the first paragraph, but it's Harley Davidson
Doc Godin - 16.05.2012 at 06:59  
Written by Marcus on 16.05.2012 at 06:44

Great, especially the first paragraph, but it's Harley Davidson

Shhh.

I always get that and Smith & Wesson mixed up because one of gets mispronounced with a "t" or a "d" than isn't actually there a lot.
cobrapel - 29.07.2012 at 23:32  
Written by Doc Godin on 16.05.2012 at 06:59

Written by Marcus on 16.05.2012 at 06:44

Great, especially the first paragraph, but it's Harley Davidson

Shhh.

I always get that and Smith & Wesson mixed up because one of gets mispronounced with a "t" or a "d" than isn't actually there a lot.


I understood you didn't find in what you expected from the cover, and also the songwriting could be better. But, i saw they played supporting Gods of this genre, are they so anonimous?! This is their first full-lenght, i read, what do you think about the possibility to improve themself ?! (you spook about great riff)
Also, and most important, in biography they sayd to have "powerful yet melancholic sound", is it true?
Your review made me curious, i will try this G. I. Joe box..
pava - 21.01.2013 at 23:37  
Excuse for my
silly question but where i can to find the words of this songs: The Tunnel, Into The Abyss

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