Abraham - The Serpent, The Prophet, & The Whore (2012)


Following a couple EP's and an album in 2011, Abraham is back and ready to make a big impression in the world of metal. They have recently released their new album, entitled "The Serpent, The Prophet, & The Whore." It takes you through tons of tempo changes and detailed structure which really forces you to listen closely. Their unique sound will have you addicted from start to finish.

The album begins with "Start With A Heartbeat" which automatically will grab your attention with it's odd chords and complex structure in guitar patterns. The vocals waste no time as they jump right at you with harsh growls. Double bass pedal drums beat up the background while random cymbals collide violently. Distorted guitars fly through the air with wicked melodies and slammed chugging riffs. The song definitely hits you out of no where leaving you a bit confused as to what just happened.

"Man The Serpent" keeps the flow of the album going with more detailed drums that will have you jaw hitting the ground immediately. The rapid toms and snares will blow your mind. Aggressive vocals step in as they raise hell with intense lyrics. The bass plays a big part as well as it comes in heavily underneath the guitars. They give you a breakdown type of feel only more complex and with added melodies in between. The layered vocals towards the end add a mixture of sludge and post metal sounds. You get a good mix of growling, shouting, and clean singing all in one. The ending is solid and will definitely have you hitting the repeat button.

Pulverizing growls and jack hammering double bass pedals beat you into the ground in "The Great Dismemberment." Vicious guitars send violent riffs from all direction knocking you out of your seat immediately. The track brings a lot of energy to the table and will have your blood pumping in no time. "New King, Dark Prophet" gives you similar results but only in the second half of the track. The first half has a lot less instruments in it. Some muffled bass lines and a few basic kicks and snares roll away as the verse plays through. It isn't until the refrain that the song really picks up. Thunderous chugging guitars blast away as devilish notes are layered on top of them. The growls become heavier and sound more fuller with wicked distortion blaring behind them. Also pay close attention to the drum fills towards the end of the track. The drumming is absolutely insane. Each pattern differs from the one before as you're met with crashing cymbals at the end of each fill. This just made this album that much better.

Later you'll come across a song called "The Chymical Fiance." This gives you a couple of different options in the vocals as you'll hear both growls and clean singing which at times are layered on top of one another giving you that eerie beauty and the beast sound. The drums continue to do their thing leading you off with detailed fill after detailed fill. The guitars change up multiple times as you get dark melodic notes along with violent chugging patterns as well. Definitely make sure you check this one out.

Abraham has definitely managed to create their own sound and has delivered a unique sound in their new album. "The Serpent, The Prophet, & The Whore" constantly changes and throws tons of different surprises at you throughout its entirety keeping you at the edge of your seat the whole time. the structures alone are remarkable and filled with intense energy. If you're exploring for new sound then definitely check out Abraham. Their unique sound is very refreshing.

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