Saturday, 6 October 2012
Absolva - Flames Of Justice (2012)
Genre - Hard Rock / Classic Metal / Modern Metal
Label - Rocksector Records
01. Flames Of Justice
02. Hundred Years
03. Code Red
04. It Is What It Is
06. State Of Grace
07. From Beyond The Light
09. Love To Hate
10. Only When Its Over
Absolva are a Manchester based Classic Metal band born from the ashes (?) of the promising Fury Uk. As well as featuring Chris Appleton (Guitar and vocals) and Martin McNee (Drums) from Fury Uk, Absolva also features the talents of Tom Atkinson (Lead Guitars and backing vocals) of Vice fame and Dan Bate (Bass and backing vocals) of Point Black Fury fame. Theses guys are tight! Solid songs, with amazingly tight performances combined with an excellent production makes Flames Of Justice one of the best metal albums that I have heard in years, and I honestly mean that!
The twin guitar attack is reminiscent of the genre's legends such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, but Chris and Tom take their slant to an all new level, the riffs are brutal at times, heavy yet melodic, and every lick seems to be so perfectly placed, nothing ever sounds contrived, just a natural flowing sound that just develops and flows along with each song.
This album has everything that a great metal album should have, brutal grinding tracks suck as It IS What It Is, duelling guitar lead tracks suck as on Breathe, great rocking along up tempo tracks such as title track Flames Of Justice, short sweet acoustic segments like State Of Grace and epic songs like Free and Only When Its Over, stompers like Beyond The Light, as I said everything a great metal album should have!.
This album is proof positive that Absolva are a seriously talented band with all the potential of becoming the new kings of the metal scene. They could well be the rightful heirs to the crowns of legendary bands such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest! Yes they really are that god damn good!
Flames of Justice is released on 5th November through Rocksector Records and you guys really should check it out!
Rating - 10/10
Catch Absolva on tour on the following dates:
Oct 27th - Machester (UK) Radcliffe Civic
Nov 2nd - Newcastle (UK) Trillians
Nov 3rd - Grimsby (UK) Yardbirds
Nov 4th - Bristol (UK) The Croft
Nov 7th - Sheffield (UK) Corporation
Nov 9th - London (UK) Underworld
Nov 10th - Birmingham (UK) Asylum 2
Nov 11th - Southamptom (UK) Talking Heads
Nov 15th - Ipswich (UK) The Railway
Nov 16th - Herdorf (Germany) Rattenloch
Nov 17th - TBC (Belguim)
Nov 18th - Roeselare (Belgium) De Verlichte Geest
Nov 30th - Belfast (N.Ireland) Voodoo
Dec 1st - Strabane (N.Ireland) Diceys
Dec 2nd - Dublin (Ireland) The Pint