Absentation - Reflections

For the first time I hear about a band from Syria, certainly a country not really inclined to accept a certain kind of mentality that lies behind a metal band. From the information I found online, Absentation were the first Syrian death metal band to release an album.

Project born from the minds of the multi-instrumentalist Salah Alghalayeeni, this "Reflections" (fifth official full length of the band) sees behind the skins a certain Marco Pitruzzella that we all know (perhaps we first name the bands in which he did not lend his acrobatic scores) for its excellent qualities behind the skins.

"Reflections" is a bold, modern album but at the same time influenced by roots and homeland. Technical, fast but thoughtful, sharp and angular as well as soft and enveloping. We are in territories that range from technical death to the most extreme brutal. Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to listen to their old works but this new effort of theirs denotes many positive points in its favor. Certainly Marco's furious drumming was the link between the western vision of "death style" and the oriental influences which, however, blend well with the whole. Technicalities, omnipresent battery to create a powerful and load-bearing structure. 'Betrayal' is an excellent starting point to understand and understand how much mastery has been made to separate the different cultures and arrive at the result that everyone expects: our music!

'Abandonity' begins with arpeggios that take us back to the heyday of Cynic and Death... chills !!

Perhaps one of the best tech albums I've ever listened to in recent months. If they were in another continent they would already be under contract with a major. Music unites all distances and we like this music. Super recommended.

4 / 5 STARS

1. Reflections
2. Betrayal
3. Deprivation
4. Abandonity
5. Lucid Eyes
6. 666 Multidimensional
7. Unearthly Design
8. Bliss My Suicide

Self released
Reviewer: Enrico Benedetti
Oct 13, 2022

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