Abyssus are a band from Greece that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very old school form of death metal and this is a review of their 2016 compilation album "Once Entombed" which will be released on February 28th by Transcending Obscurity Classics.
A very heavy and raw old school death metal sound starts off the compilation along with some vocals that have almost a hardcore punk vibe to them and the faster sections of the music also use a great amount of blast beats and the guitar solos and leads bring in more of a 1980's style of the genre.
On the compilation the band brings in covers from The Exploited, Sodom, Asphyx, Death and Slayer while the vocals are mostly rooted in the 80's style of death metal when the genre was still evolving from thrash and some of the guitar riffing brings in evil sounding melodies and throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the solos and leads also bring more of a dark and melodic style to the songs when they are utilized and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and a couple of tracks also bring in a brief use of classical guitars and clean playing.
Abyssus brings in a lot of material to this compilation that goes back to both the 80's and early 90's style of death metal while also having a touch of thrash and they also pay homage to the bands that have had a huge influence on them with their cover tracks, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover death, pollution, oppression and war themes.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding collection of material from Abyssus and if you are a fan of old school death metal, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Morbid Inheritance" "Sacrifice" "Remnants Of War" and "Servants Of Hypocrisy". 8 out of 10.