Abodox, The – New Knife Of The Berserker

up_060704_abodox2The Abodox is a frantic beast, the music directions shift and mutate at a an unpredictable pace and incorporate numerous instruments. At its core, I guess “New Knife Of The Berserker” is most simply described as technical screaming Hardcore, but that is insufficient. It is ruled by those elements and they heave with a bug eyed fury, but add to that the disjointed spasms of early Mr. Bungle, though not as frequent or intrinsically kooky as that. Throw in some sludgy elements, clean moments and scatter throughout that, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, violin, guitar noise etc. depending on the track. It is a heavy, driving guitar record with above average musicianship and a genuine intensity to it above any of the more experimental things going on. Don’t let those things make you apprehensive, the writing is excellent with plenty of riffs and hooks that stand out and while the quirkier side of the project is there, it is not overstated by any means. The vocals are a energized raw scream that further push the adrenaline of this release regardless of the tempo it is at at any given moment. – Scott

~ by scottsplatter on January 3, 2009.

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