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The Absence - "From Your Grave" (CD)

The Absence - "From Your Grave" CD cover image

"From Your Grave" track listing:

1. Intro
2. A Breath Beneath
3. Necropolis
4. From Your Grave
5. Heaven Ablaze
6. Summoning The Darkness
7. Shattered
8. I, Deceiver
9. My Ruin
10. Seven Demons

Reviewed by on October 13, 2006

"Let the head banging commence! "

The title is From Your Grave. This tells me that the album is going to be intense. But wait…the band name, “The Absence.” Who are these guys? The Absence is basically the best new band in recent history.

From Your Grave starts out with an intro track that prepares the listener for battle. The guitar tracks are laid nicely with each other in this intro. The intro alone lets a listener know that the coming tracks are nothing but epic. But once you delve into the first real track with lyrics, the brutality begins. It makes one agree with the band’s motto, “Lets Fucking Thrash!” Yet, although it does have quick riffs, the song doesn’t end there. There are hills and bounds to cross throughout the song with constant, catchy melody.

I have not heard a band that can still develop music on the level of the originality of older European melodic death metal bands until the Absence came along. Another key track on From Your Grave would be the title track “From Your Grave.” The song has one of the catchiest and most powerful riffs in recent history. And I do not only just say this for the heck of it. There are many parts to the song where there is constant melody between the two guitarists – very reminiscent of some kind of epic battle – yet when the chorus kicks in, it strongly reminds me of an actual zombie rising from a grave. Let the head banging commence! The vocalist of the band, Jamie, fits in the band right as he should – a promising death metal singer – and it definitely shows when you hear the gut-wrenching scream during that chorus.

But what any metal fan who listens to melodic death metal may notice is the pristine musicianship. Guitar duo Peter Joseph and Patrick Pintavalle are a pinnacle in modern day metal. I have honestly not heard much better new players in a long time. Horns up to Metal Blade Records for signing these dudes. Throughout From Your Grave talent just flows. For any other band, this amount of talent would probably not be put to good use.

Proof that The Absence can rock out is shown right at the beginning of the track “Summoning the Darkness.” Accompanied by the tight drumming and constant melody from the guitarists, yet still retaining a signature, brutal sound that the band has going on all are reasons to go pick up From Your Grave right now. For anyone who has researched the band, you will already know that they have been accumilating excellent reviews, and they do not lie. The Absence has one more fan, and is sure to have many more after they get their name out a bit, as this album has literally zero flaws.

Highs: Beautiful guitar work and melody, very catchy without being cliche

Lows: The instrumental track was a foreign release only

Bottom line: Fans of metal, regardless of genre, buy the album

Rated 5.0 out of 5 skulls
5.0 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)