Poland’s Abusiveness has had a rather long history, forming all the way back in 1991 despite Trioditis being only their third full length album in their long career. The band’s first 2 albums garnered pretty raving reviews despite rather long gaps between them, and so Trioditis left me with a rather high level of expectations as well, with my first exposure to the band being the excellent split release with fellow Poles, Saltus.
From the opening riffs of Odmrocze/Trioditis, one is already reminded of bands like Thunderbolt but it doesn’t take long before the technical edge of the band comes about, what with the sweep-picking of guitarists Gonthy and Mścisław, and the non-stop violent blasting of drummer Wizun, at times reminding listeners of Infernal War‘s Stormblast with the high speed and his drumming style. As the album progresses, Gonthy and Mścisław up the technicality of the music as well, what with the insane guitar solo on songs like W wichrze wzniesione pochodnie. The high energy of the music is kept up almost constantly throughout the album and leaves one wondering how the band manages to attain such stamina. Vocalist Xaos tops up this violent onslaught with his semi-howling growling vocals, and on songs like Chwała pozostanie see the layering of haunting clean vocals with the growls.
But among all the chaos there is a strange sense of order, at times with the band moving into a slightly more emotional mood, with the melody on songs like Chwała pozostanie providing a stark contrast to the destruction that the opening track brought with it initially. This melancholic aspect of the band is further displayed on the short acoustic instrumental interlude Południca as well, a raxther soothing and calming piece. There is even a short symphonic moment on Na zgliszczach, and Wieczornica has a folk metal feel to it, showing the band’s ability to weave such contrasting moments together, proving their songwriting capability.
Those who know my preferences would know that I am a sucker for Polish bands, with the intense releases by bands like Infernal War being some of my favourites. Fortunately, Abusiveness on Trioditis does not disappoint and has managed to embody all features that make bands from Poland stand out from their international counterparts. If one is looking for a more technical or death metal-inspired version of bands like Blaze of Perdition, Abusiveness is the band that to look for.
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