ABOVE THIS

"7L7" (BandCamp; 2011)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

I have never heard heavier music in my life, and I don't think I ever will, unless Above This follow up "7L7" with something as bombastic as this combo of Hardcore/Electro/Deathcore/Facemelter/Dubstep/HaterRaper/Badassness (their words). I'm going to need a chiropractor for my brain -- it has been shifted!

Holy bass drum, deathman! I've heard the term, "bring back the bass" and I'm pretty sure that Above This did too and what they've done here is just, well, it's hard to put into words because this stuff is so heavy. The vocals are gruff and growling and the drums are dubstep with hardcore added in and the guitar is heavy as well. There are no solos but plenty of raucous riffs that stomp with the bass.

It's also addictive. You can't stop listening because, after awhile, their drug of a monstrous sound is all you'll crave -- it's probably also all you'll be able to take. Dubstep is making its way into metal and when you combine all those styles mentioned above into one disc it makes for a heavier sound. The other incredible thing about this band is that they use all those styles in various songs; it's not just one long beat but several styles with different sounds.

If you are looking for a band that will challenge your heart rate, your taste in metal and your penchant for heavy music, I recommend Above This. Just do me a favor, check with your doctor before starting this regimen.

Above This: Shawn O'Brien - Vocals/Badassness; Thomas Buser - Lead Guitar; Wes Jenkins - Rhythm Guitar; Brandon Lawrance - Bass/Synth; Johnny Bay - Drums/Machine.

For more information check out http://www.facebook.com/AboveThis

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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