Song Review: Epiphany From The Abyss – ‘The Nightmare Pilgrim’

Song Review: Epiphany From The Abyss – ‘The Nightmare Pilgrim’

Song: The Nightmare Pilgrim
Band: Epiphany From The Abyss
Location: Quebec City, Canada
Date of Release: 30/08/2014
Genre: Death Metal
Reviewer: Thall

Epiphany From The Abyss have established a working formula in this song to create an 11-minute epic into what feels like a time-bending, space-warping 3-minutes. Despite the expected chugging and lead guitar wankery in its exposition – The Nightmare Pilgrim develops into a journey showing vast sides of beauty and blissful to the jagged and menacing paths along the way. If you appreciate bands like The Faceless and The Black Dahlia Murder style vocals – I am sure you will appreciate this as much as I do.

This song starts off with a mysterious vibe that entrances you from the get-go with the vocals presenting it’s diversity with a doubled high and low. The guitars are virtuosically mint with soaring harmonies and hymen-tight riffage. The riffs are very scalic with diminished, augmented and harmonic minors all over the place. However my favourite standout has to be the bassist.

I almost clenched my butthole so tight I probably swallowed my asshole hair as soon as I heard the first run that the bassist did. YES. This is what the bassist is meant to do!!! Take note bass players. Please take note and be motivated by this. Listen to the bass and understand what is needed to be done. The bass wasn’t dependent on the tonic of the guitars but sparked its own life. Absolutely amazing. If you appreciate bassists like Evan Brewer, Dan Briggs and that fella with the long name from Protest the Hero. You’ll love this.

After all the heavy fringe-deathcore sections at the start and hearing the usual blasting around that goes on with the drums. What impressed me the most was the vast U-turn that happened in the middle mark with a nice clean section boosted with some fantastic drumming. Yeah, sure you can blast and have insane double-kick speed. That’s just like every single other drummer in the same genre too. What the drummer did was also know how to take it down a notch and let the other instruments stick out. I truly commend that. This is the sign of a good drummer in a BAND. Definitely got a nice Alex Rudinger/Alex Baird feel from this. Only positives to say from the drums. Nothing frustrated me at all.

The guitarists picking hands must be as thick as my dick. The chugs were fucking crisp being contrasted with some insane riffs. Just hearing one side of the stereo just letting loose whilst the other guitar is keeping the pulse just shows great chemistry and ability of the guitarist. Rhythmically it was on point. Then now we think about the melody – this is crucial to help make parts memorable.

Unfortunately I found the first part of the song before the development came in to be rather lacklustre (except for the chorus with the nice arpeggiated sections) and it just felt like time just skipped and bam! The rest of the song occurs. I feel that everything after the clean part was a lot more well-thought out, better-composed and a much more mature sound from you guys that you can work on. It might just be the blackened-death metal sound I appreciated more but I feel like you guys could go into the same pathway as a band like Fallujah and find a perfect balance between atmospheric ambience yet still keeping the rhythmic intensity.

The vocals in the mix were rather weak. By this I mean they were too quiet and did not stick out.The choice of vocals and the tone was sharp and piercing but it just needed more thickness and volume. This might just be the production which was very raw and respectable but I feel that the lows needed to be a lot more louder. This tarnished the pronunciation factor and if I did not have the lyrics to assist me I would be in struggle-town and not glorious-deathmetal-master-race-metropolis.

I enjoyed reading the lyrics because it’s very rare to find great oratorial skill. I honestly felt like I was reading a speech to address the public. It was powerful and involving. It captivated me with the powerful use of ‘we must’ and ‘we will’ providing demand and promise. Plus I must commend the lyricist for writing a piece of art so powerful and intimidating with no swear words. Fucking top shit mate. I fucking respect that so fucking much.

To finish off I’d like to say that this composition by Epiphany From The Abyss may be 11 minutes long however it honestly is a enjoyable journey. The start of it all eases you into it whilst the heavy take-off is intense, you reach a perfect altitude to cruise in the air and enjoy the in-flight entertainment whilst then it’s time to put your seatbelt back on and get ready for the landing to your final destination. I truly recommend this to all lovers of heavy music to just experience at least once and hopefully multiple times – these lads have great potential. I mean they are Canadian and playing death metal after all…

Vocals –
Screams: 8/10
Guitars: 8.5/10
Bass: 10/10
Drums: 10/10
Production: 6.5/10
Lyrics: 9/10
Songwriting: 8.5/10
Overall IPHYB Rating: 8.5/10
Personal Enjoyment Factor: 10/10 – Thank you based bass.

Song Review: Epiphany From The Abyss – ‘The Nightmare Pilgrim’
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Ilija Stajić

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