Monday, April 14, 2014

Mortal Kombat

Oh, c'mon, it's not as bad as some folk seem to claim it is. While their name is absolutely ridiculous, ABACABB's 2009 mini-major label debut isn't nearly as bad as the tripe that would follow under the flag of deathcore in the 5 years since. A somewhat unoriginal, slightly repetitive hybrid of death metal and metalcore, the album still sounds pretty good and has enough breakdown riffs to keep Jamey Jasta followers happy. The vocals are my main issue - they either need to be more brutal death metal-esque gurgling or screamo, they are just a little too clean for me. Still, ABACABB seems to have successfully made their mark in the heavy music scene before (surprise!) breaking up a year later - I've seen enough random twenty-year old sluts with ABACABB shirts at metal gigs downtown to think there are still a few fans out there...

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