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Tartharia - Abstract Nation Crash Music 2004 Axeman


Track Listing

1 The Land Of A Thousand Hopes
2 Misery My Loneliness
3 At Every StepClick to listen to this song
4 Abstract Nation
5 VI Feet
6 Warlife
7 Stand In The Wind
8 Reprise
9 D.I.

After a lethargic intro, this band gets it going with some chugging, melodic death metal that is both heavy and catchy. The disc flows together seemlessly and I found something cool to pick out of every single song. Keyboards are always hit and miss for me but the addition of them as a backdrop throughout the album gives it that little something extra in the detail deptartment. The vocals fit the music well with their raspy, almost thrash metal delivery that keeps them angry but not annoying. Abstract Nation is the kind of album you can jam loudly for the aggression or put on with the headphones and sink into your chair with. I don't think there's any way you can "learn" the ability to write music like that and I thoroughly enjoyed this disc from the very fist time I played it.

Bottom Line: My vote for best "unknown" melodic death band of the year.

--Axeman 11.24.04
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Abstract NationTartharia
2004
Axeman11/23/2004


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