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Absent Society: Absent Society

If you pop this sucker on and listen to, oh, the first 65 seconds of opening track "Wasted Lives," you may want to reach for the "stop" button – unless you dig extreme metal sung by a guy who sounds like he can't sing. But give that song (and this self-titled, five-track EP) some time. Jason Everett's voice is actually very melodic and takes on the clean and somber tones of Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt . Absent Society hail from the San Francisco Bay area, and its disc won't be the greatest thing you'll hear this week (or maybe even today). But it is a slam-worthy slab of aggression influenced by Mudvayne, Slayer, Pantera, Opeth and Metallica. Recorded at The Plant in Sausalito, Calif., the EP sounds a bit redundant, especially when Everett bellows. Yet through all the noise, you can actually hear the sound of a band finding its way and feeling every damned note it plays.

Track Listing:
1) Wasted Lives (4:48)
2) Lobotomy Soapbox (5:17)
3) Deception Plague (3:12)
4) Dodgin Bombs (4:07)
5) Once A Soldier (8:35)
Total Time: 26:01

Added: August 20th 2004
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Official Absent Society Web Site
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Language: english

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