Abstracter – Wound Empire (2015)


Hailing from Oakland, CA, today we have the Abstracter and their 2nd punishing aural assault titled “Wound Empire”. Featuring over 40 minutes of crushing Blackened Sludge/Crust/Doom music with some Post-Metal elements, this is one hell of a punishing release that will subdue the listener from start to finish.

The opener “Lightless” slowly builds up with pummeling riffs and a nice progression as the nearly 11-minutes of music go by. The vocals are quite strong and nicely fit the equally crushing guitar riffs. Abstracter goes into further exploration of their dark sound in the atmospheric “Open Veins”. This song provides us with some more typical Sludge/Doom riffs arranged in a very precise manner to fit their atmospheric passages and massive drumming.

Nicely providing the listener some breathing room, “Cruciform” slowly builds into a 100-feet tall behemoth of aural dissonance as the track comes to a conclusion, indeed one of our favorite songs in this release. Saving the best for last, “Glowing Wounds” is bleakness at its best with its mournful clean vocals and eerie guitars. This song only keeps getting better and better as the melodramatic progression unfolds.

Overall, Abstracter delivers a crushing aural blow with “Wound Empire”. With countless bands trying to be too loud or having the catchiest riffs, the Oakland outfit focuses more on writing cohesive tracks that have solid progressions and delivers their devastating aural message without needed to fall into clichés. If you have a craving for a loud and demoralizing release, look no further and pick up a copy of this little gem.

Band: Abstracter Album: Wound Empire

Label: Vendetta Records

Release: February 10th, 2015

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Genre: Blackened Sludge/Doom/Crust

Country: USA

Rating: 90/100

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