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The whole album is a complete whiplash of mixed feelings for lovers of that Swedish sound of the 90s in Melodic Death Metal, and so far I can say that it is one of the best expressions of Nightrage in years of being submissive in the music market, because this “Abyss Rising” has everything your body needs. Meanwhile, waiting for my pre-purchase so I can listen to the album in its entirety, it’s off to the best Melodic Death Metal of the year.
Punctuated with beautiful instrumentals and interludes this is a record that ululates as if a boat on a stormy sea and you may feel a little giddy at its conclusion (but in the best way). After numerous line-up changes it seems Nightrage have finally hit the right combination and Abyss Rising finds them soaring, phoenix-like, towards greater heights
Sometimes it is nice to simply press play on an album and get exactly what you expected, no gimmicks, no trends, just a good old energetic thrashing from start to finish. Nightrage led through thick and thin by Marios Iliopoulos have been a constant example of this principle since 2000 and are now releasing album number 9 and what a ride they have had
Ultimately, ‘Abyss Rising’ confirms Nightrage at high levels, which is no small feat given the period the music industry is experiencing, and one that old fans will not struggle to appreciate. Personally I think this is the best release since ‘The Puritan’ and the hope is to be able to evaluate the consistency of the live songs as soon as possible.
Mastermind Marios Iliopoulos has internalized the basic recipe of the genre, his love and enthusiasm for Swedish-style melodic death metal is evident every second of the Greek. “Abyss Rising” is something like a safe harbour, a rock in the surf, a shoulder to lean on for all genre fans who want to feel comfortable and enjoy their music. It doesn’t always need new or exciting elements, but sometimes just presents the well-known in a great and stirring way, like here by NIGHTRAGE.
CONCLUSION: Melodic Death Metal like from Sweden towards the end of the 1990s, provided with contemporary flair and threaded by smart songwriters – NIGHTRAGE are also in 2022 a pleasant island to retreat to when you are tired of all innovations and want to become aware again , why the key works of In Flames, Dark Tranquility, early Arch Enemy or Eucharist have remained abrasion-resistant to this day. The fact that “Abyss Rising” doesn’t sound like a stale nostalgic imitation speaks for its creators.