Cain – ‘Into Abyss’   8 comments

Formed in Buffalo, New York, in 2010, Cain are a 3 piece thrash metal band. Influences: Rush, Slayer, Death, Atheist, Voivod, Terror Squad (Japan), Grave, etc. Cain’s sound is new, yet familiar. They’ve played live with Suffocation, Nunslaughter, Malevolent Creation, Hellwitch, D.R.I., Deathhammer, Hellbringer, etc. So far, they’ve done 3 tours of the U.S. and 1 of Canada. ‘Into Abyss’ is their 2nd album, released on CD and digitally, following their debut, ‘The Ravaging’, (2015, also released on both those formats and on vinyl). Additionally, they did a demo, in 2011 and a vinyl split with Maximum Oversatan.

Necronomicon – Pure thrash heavy cathartic release intro. Absolutely smooth, seamless and sinister, yet compelling. Moving instantly, from considered chords, into outright fierce death-edged thrash. Short, but compact.

Evilution – Drums opening, into a gloriously chaotic thrash rhythm, with an old school vibe, shining through the modern twist of aggressive, death-tinged metal. Some gorgeous riff melodies in there, complemented by the sharp, blackened vocals. Frantic pace, lots of gore, with a persistently catchy chorus. Cohesively frenetic and lively as hell.

The Necromancer – Is it me, or are those vocals gaining in strength? Either way, there’s an audibly clear-sighted determination embedded within this sound and though it’s noticeably growly, the melodic riffs are strategically placed, so as to keep the catchy rhythm going. They succeed, as does the infinitely skilled precision of the all-out drum attack. All round, it’s very much a ‘wake up, world’ track and it works.

Yokai! – Guitar break down introing, intriguing lyrics, more melodically focused and generally, a brief, but intense and concentrated track, with plenty of drive and no shortage of passion.

Cyber Humans – That’s 1 tasty riff intro. Centring around the rhythm, this time, their enthusiasm’s blatant. Bringing in a new Bongo-like aspect to the drumming, revving up the rage and the rawness in the angry vocals, throwing in some well-placed speed elements, various rhythms and building momentum, till the end, it’s a highly intense and conscientious track.

In Hell – Very Viking-esque energy to this one. Visually evocative atmosphere, giving it 100%, the forceful terror embodies the title. Flooding it with vivid imagery, the end result is as dark as the blackest night.

Into Abyss – Drums taking the reins, at the outset, infusing the track with a deep physicality, matched by the other elements. A sinister, though curious overtone saturates the performance, bringing the diligence and experimental accomplishment to the fore. Unafraid to play around with sound and throw in a variety of possibilities, it’s a truly versatile, boundary pushing title track, intelligently crafted and thoughtfully ordered.

Overall – An intricately worked, multi-skilled album, in which the spirit of thrash pervades. Blending elements of thrash, with death and Viking metal, there’s much to be discovered within the evident labour and perseverance that’s gone into ‘I.A’. It’s an album which’ll take you down many different avenues, exploring the depths and possibilities inherent within thrash metal and each one will reveal a new twist.

9/10 *********

For fans of In My Embrace, Slayer, Testament, Carcass, Iron Monkey, thrash, death and Viking metal, generally.

Available on CD and digitally.

Posted September 25, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

8 responses to “Cain – ‘Into Abyss’

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