can be best defined as the fusion of metalcore and death metal. Like metalcore, it originated in the United
States, but couldn't reach the heights of popularity when compared to metalcore. Deathcore
is much underrated. But for some metalheads, its something much more than metalcore - extremity & brutality, a thing common metalcore bands lack. In comes As Blood Runs Black
(ABRB), a Deathcore
band from L.A., California.
Firstly, if you are a fan of extreme metal and breakdowns, you won't give a damn whether ABRB is a Black Dahlia Murder clone band, which many metalheads may suggest. I personally feel ABRB is much more brutal and melodic than BDM. Allegiance
is the debut full-length album of the band, produced by the record company Mediaskare. The production is polished, the instruments and the vocals can be heard clearly & distinctly.
The Intro track is short and straight to the point, showing you the glimpse of what the album holds. The roughly 1 minute track has even got a breakdown. The brutality begins with the second track "In Dying Days
" and from then onwards its full on breakdowns, growls and screams. There are multiple stand-outs of this album, "In Dying Days
", "My Fears Have Become Phobias", "Hester Prynne
". The songs tend to grow on you mainly because of its melodic touch in between those brutal riffs and neck-cracking breakdowns. There is tremendous use of blastbeats. The doublebass kicks in brilliantly in the song "My Fears have become Phobias". The song is featured in the album's official music video.
There is even a melodic solo in the song "The Beautiful Mistake
" that's worth a mention. The only thumbs-down in the acoustic track "Pouring Reign
" which could have been completely eliminated from the album. Though it serves the purpose of an interlude between the two halves of the album. The lyrics are well-written, much to my surprise, here are some lines from the song "My Fears have Become Phobias" :
"Wasting all that's left of a day, watching time just fly away on his own.
Dreams are surpassing him by, why not live life to its fullest and give it a try!
How much will does one simply have to conquer what he's become?
how many others can say my fears have become phobias!"
is a brilliant album from these young guys of L.A. Their brutality in the songs is commendable. The breakdowns can easily give you a bad ache in the necks. However, producing such a superb album can make things tough for the band in future. As a fan of ABRB, I really hope they could keep up their standard of playing in the future.