Symbol Music [Release date – out now]
Abinaya means ‘passing on’ in Sanskrit apparently, which is a cheery thought to start a review with. Hailing from Paris these heavyweights appear to have a love for Brazilian thrashers Sepultura and are not afraid to show it, in fact the first endorsement on the biog sheet which accompanied the CD is from no less than Sep’s mainman, Andreas Kisser.
Right from the opening of the first track, ‘Beaute Paienne’, the influence is clear with the same tribal drum patterns and additional percussion so favoured by Sepultura, this could be an outtake from the ‘Roots’ sessions.
As the song progresses and the vocals kick in it is clear that frontman Igor Achard is no Max Cavalera, to be honest his vocals are a bit ropey to say the least. All tracks are sung in French which is not an issue as I don’t think the vocals would have sounded any better regardless of which language they were in.
Musically there is a lot to like. Chunky riffs along with the aforementioned tribal beats create a decent soundtrack which is unrelentingly heavy. It does all sound a bit similar though and after a few tracks your mind does tend to wander and you long for a bit of a change of pace or style which never comes.
This album does have its merits and I have heard a lot worse, but it’s not one I will be rushing back to any time soon. I do, however, fancy listening to the ‘Roots’ album again… **1/2
Review by David Wilson
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