Reviewed by: HW Bones
Published: 7 July 2011
ep: this day will come
It’s always exciting getting home from work and finding a little package from Music SA with a record to review and today was no exception.
The packaging definitely has an old school metal vibe to it, so much so that reading the front logo with the ‘z’ in abysmal and the flaming…well I’m not really sure what it is - let’s say rock...I was worried that we may be heading into mock metal territory. Thankfully I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Cleverly misspelling a word can be a great thing for a band. In Abyzmal’s case it means that as soon as you type it into Google you get a great response result-wise, and the Abyzmal guys have been very productive in making sure there is a lot of information easily accessible about the band – other local bands would be well guided in following this example (not the misspelling but creating an easily accessible online presence.)
Popping the record into the mobile cosmic destruction player it was with some trepidation as I’ll admit now metal music isn’t on high rotation in my household, although in my younger years I did have a few mates in the scene so I am aware of the genre. As is my cosmic destruction player's want at the moment, it will not play a record in order and will select random tracks the first being ‘Misconnected Lies’. The ferocity of this track made me spill my whiskey as I flailed around in my cardigan and slippers in my one man mosh pit. Some very tidy musicianship all round with very melodic guitar lines and absolute thundering double kick drumming. This pattern is played out across all the songs on the ‘This Day Will Come’ EP and it doesn’t let up at all.
For me the real stand out in this release is the vocalist's (Chris McEwen) voice - it has a lot of qualities that would make him a good vocalist in other genres. He has a distinct ‘Aussie’ accent which works really well throughout this record.
Overall this is a great release and if you’re a fan of the metal genre its well worth getting yourself a copy, just remember to put your whiskey down before you switch it on.