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Incredible - 90%

DomDomMCMG, April 14th, 2012

So here we have Abiotic, a technical/progressive deathcore outfit from Florida. With influences ranging from the old school such as Death and Cynic to the new breed of technical metal bands such as The Faceless and Veil of Maya, offering a blend of brutal deathcore and groovy technical metal with a touch of neo-classical guitarwork, the band's sound is fairly original while also quite familiar.

The sound has a very atmospheric feel combined with lots of Necrophagist influenced sweeps. The 7 string guitars are tuned to A standard, and the tone is very crushing and heavy. The vocalist uses a standard deathcore range, consisting of guttural growls, the occasional pig squeal and some very high pitched shrieks, but the highs can get a bit grating sometimes unfortunately. The bass comes out some times for a quick few lines of technical tapping, but unfortunately no sooner than it's come out it's disappeared back behind the wall of noise from the rest of the band. The drummer combines full speed blast beats with precise technical fills that really work well with the rest of the music.

As for the breakdowns, I have to ask, what breakdowns? Everything else is just so well performed and perfectly placed that you forget there even were any. Sparingly used breakdowns in any type of -core are a rarity at this point in time, so when a band do avoid overusing them they gain a ton of respect from me.

All in all, this is an incredible debut that leaves a strong impression on anyone who has a listen. If you're into stuff like Rings of Saturn, Necrophagist and The Faceless then this is right up your alley. This band have a ton of potential to do even better in the future and become a big name in the metal scene. A very respectable 90/100.