With all the hoopla and hullabaloo surrounding the massive releases this past Friday from acts such as Obscura, Exodus, and Swallow the Sun, it probably comes as a surprise that Hated One chose not to highlight any of these sweet, sweet offerings; and while all these albums are phenomenal in their own ways (they are, go listen!), it is the latest LP from Linköping, Sweden’s death collective Abscession that has truly grabbed the scruff of Hated One’s throat and hasn’t let go since first listen.
Sometimes melodic, even a little bit acoustic here and there, but always rip-roaring with a death n’ roll panache, Abscession’s Rot of Ages is the first full-length to be issued by this Swedish quartet in over five years, and even though the act has been around since 2009, Rot of Ages represents only the second LP to ever come from this hermitic sect.
Playing like an album from an act who’s been writing music together for twelve years, though, Rot of Ages is an excellent release that will sneak in under many radars thanks to the above-mentioned trio of veterans releasing new material on the same day, and that’s too bad, because Abscession’s latest is quite the gem!
Released by one of the rising stars in mid-level labels, Transcending Obscurity, Rot of Ages is ten songs and nearly forty-minutes of mosh-inducing ferocity that should not be missed by any self-respecting metalhead.
Tracks like the openers “Rat King Crawl” and “Theater of Pain” immediately introduce you to the melo-death n’ roll style that Abscession have cooked up, but that is only the beginning…
Moving along in this killer release, other standout tracks include the title-track “Rot of Ages”, “When the Guillotine Falls”, and the apocalypse-ushering “War Machine”, however, every single cut on this LP is worth your time and attention, so Hated One suggests starting with track one and just letting this sucker run!
To get a taste of Rot of Ages by experiencing the official lyric video for “Rat King Crawl”, just press play below, and be sure to check the links at the bottom of the page to support Abscession further if you like you see and hear! \m/
Rating: 97 / 100 (A+)
Release Date: November 19th, 2021
Genre: Death Metal/Death n’ Roll
FFO: Entombed, Bloodbath, Dismember, Unleashed, Hypocrisy, At the Gates, Wolfheart, Voices of Ruin