Abaddon Incarnate – Pessimist by Ashlinn Nash

Band Name: Abaddon Incarnate
Album Name: Pessimist
Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label: Candlelight
Released: 2014

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Johnny King (drums)
Bill Whelan (vocals / guitars)
Steve Maher (vocals / guitars)
Steve Finnerty (vocals / bass)


2)Aborted Genesis
3)Yester Hara
4)Warping The Necro Spawn
5)Broken Spectre
7)Impaled Upon Your Zodiac
8)Prison Of Introspection
9)Nameless Grave
10)Morbid Epiphany
11)Solstice Of Homicide
12)Undead Outcasts
13)Funeral Hag
14)Summoning Famine-Inherit An Empty World


Abaddon Incarnate are back with their latest album “Pessimist” a fifth release that both unravels a new true calling for the bands sound , one that has manifested itself within the clutches of the speed steady elements of grind core; that join force with the bands trademark sound of death metal. Which seems to be a natural coupling for the band who have seen four full length releases and a split (Phobia) behind them, a new album was long overdue.

It’s one that instantly hooks and draws you in using a expansive combination of huge riffs and crunching vocals. Pessimist’ was recorded and mixed over three days with the vocals and music being done in one take to maintain a level of intensity and maximise live a very real and frantic feel.

The problems the album encounter are mainly centred around the fine balance between keeping screams over jaguar quick riffs interesting enough to keep the listeners attention – this album doesn’t so much make the listener bored but rather challenges them to an endurance test – like all good grind albums.

Within the album the band seems to be focused on making audience friendly tracks that are accessible to the fans – with the use of natural simple riffs and clearer growls.

Track hight lights include – “Fear” with a rush of energy and devastation in its wake along with “Undead outcasts” that is a short and sweet punch to the head. The most disappointing track on the album is in fact the last one “Summoning Famine-Inherit An Empty World” which falls flat trying to conclude the album.

There is an undeniable energy that pulsates through the album due to the recording process, over all this album works well as a whole and taking each song individually, with darker lyrical themes and ferocious beats this is something for true grind fans who’d like to get into the band more.

Review by Ashlinn Nash