Jan 262023

Last August Transcending Obscurity Records detonated a new album by the Irish band Abaddon Incarnate, and we sat back and happily watched the shrapnel fly, cutting through everyone who didn’t have the good sense to duck and cover. Our reviewer DGR found the brutality, rage, and vitriol channeled by the band’s formulation of death/grind to be a welcome catharsis. He spilled many words about The Wretched Sermon, including these:

Ten of the thirteen songs on The Wretched Sermon don’t even cross the three-minute mark and many of them are an excuse for drummer Olan Parkinson to just blast things into oblivion while a high-low vocal attack hits with about as much percussiveness as their drummer does. The highlights on that front come early, as both “Veritas” and “Gateways” make for a good one-two boxing combo in the opening minutes of this album after the band race through the initial death metal gurglings of “Rising Of The Lights” – whose opening riff sounds like something straight out of the world of Centinex before Abaddon Incarnate lean hard into “tear heads off’” mode.

We quote that passage because “Veritas” is the song that’s the focus of a video we’re premiering today. It’s a good reminder of what a hell-raising album this is, and a good introduction to people who might not have crossed paths with it last year. Continue reading »

Sep 132022

(Here we have DGR‘s extensive and evocative review of the new album by Ireland’s Abaddon Incarnate, which was fired into the world by Transcending Obscurity Records on August 5th.)

The Wretched Sermon, the latest album from Ireland’s Abaddon Incarnate after an eight-year space between full-lengths, has come up in the work playlist a lot since its early August release. Considering we’re rolling into the back half of the year where everyone pretends that it is fall, as if the current home base isn’t currently placed under some higher power’s magnifying glass, it’s difficult not to grip on to anything that has  excessive amounts of brutality, rage, and vitriol to match the inner mood while everyone outside insists that all of this is normal.

The Wretched Sermon is a good candidate for that; Abaddon Incarnate‘s latest album seems to have struck a surprisingly pure vein musically and one that may even be a bit of a shift for them. On The Wretched Sermon, they clock thirty-six minutes of music across thirteen songs – multiple of which barely clear the two-minute range – which can be evidence of one overriding influence of so many: Abaddon Incarnate have really thrown their hat in the deathgrind ring this time. Continue reading »

May 042022

Later this year, in furtherance of a career that now spans a quarter-century, the Irish extreme metal band Abaddon Incarnate will release their sixth album overall, and their first one since 2014’s Pessimist. Transcending Obscurity Records will handle the release, and promises that The Wretched Sermon not only delivers “a quintessential blend” of death metal and grindcore but also expands upon the band’s sound by “injecting myriad elements from thrash parts to atmospheric passages and stringing them together using staggering transitions”, thereby turning it into “a fascinating beast of an album”.

We haven’t yet heard all of what Abaddon Incarnate preach in The Wretched Sermon, but the new album track we’re premiering today — “Shrine of Flesh” — bears out at least some of the label’s promises. Continue reading »