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Abdullah : Demo #1

Having already heard their CD 'Graveyard Poetry', their mCD 'Snake Lore', and their LP 'Abdullah', I was seriously surprised by this demo. They have really undergone a style change from this to their later works.

The music, unlike the later releases, has quite a bit of sludge influences. And that was the part that surprised me so much. The music is darker and more aggressive compared to the laid back stoner vibe that their later works show. The laid back vibe is present even at this point, but it is dominated by the aggression. The stoner influences aren't lost either. They are just soaked with heavy, plodding sludge.

In the other releases there is only one song, ‘Distant Lights’ on the 'Snake Lore' mCD, that has harsh hardcore like vocals. And even then it is only for a minor part of the track. Here every track has them. The clear vocals that so many find to be the best trait of Abdullah are present and quite frankly it is the main thing that connects this Abdullah of the past with the modern one. The clean ones are as epic and relaxed as on any newer release.

Fans of the modern Abdullah should have a listen to this demo as it already has some of those elements that make the band's more recent music so enjoyable. On the other hand, unlike their more recent music, this demo would also be interesting for people who enjoy bands like Cruevo or Eyehategod.

My conclusion of this review is actually curiosity. I'm looking forwards to getting hold of the other demos and seeing how Abdullah transformed from this into the band that they are today.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Exsanguinate
2. Dysuria
3. Bucket Shop
4. Seethe
5. Deep River

Duration : Approx. 29 min.

Visit the Abdullah bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
Thermal Mass
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