||There are a number of sick, twisted individuals
in this world of ours. Abscess comprise of four of those individuals
(Chris Reifert, Clint Bower, Danny Corrales, Joe Allen). "Damned
and Mummified" is the bands' 5th full-length with a running time
of around 45 minutes. This release continues the legacy set forth
from the ashes of Autopsy. The music is extremely death metal with
hints of gore, sludge, grind, and doom metal. Which brings me to my
next point. Is stoner death a sub-genre yet? These guys hit it very
close regardless of their utterly obscure and insanely gore-dripping
lyrics. A great example of this would be the track, "Caverns
of Hades". Very gore-thirsty words, stoner/doom-style riffing,
and crushingly heavy bass & percussion precision. The weirdest
track on this album, though, has to be "Empty Horizon".
There is no doubt that Abscess create some of the most obscurely original
templates in the underground metal scene. Whence.... the members'
experience and past projects. A worthy competitor for those into bands
like Autopsy, Necrophagia, Incantation, and Deceased. With a certain
unique blend that can only be described as "Abscess"...
Reviewed By: Thomas