There’s an art to making modern heavy metal, one that Absolva clearly understand. Their music manages to keep the traditional sound while looking forwards, it is connected to musical greats but forges its own path. We all know those bands that have somehow time warped from a pre grunge 1985 when metal had started to turn stale or the ones that sound just like a hollow version of (enter famous band here) Absolva aren’t like that, they produce their own fresh take on a tried and tested formula which means Never A Good Day To Die is an album you’ll want to buy.
You can tell guitarist/lead vocalist Chris and guitarist/backing vocalist Luke are brothers through the way their playing is connected. There’s an almost single entity feel to some of the six string arrangements which must have been interesting for the producer. This makes the record tight without it sounding mechanical. The album does have a quite narrow range tempo wise, even the outwardly slower ‘How Black Is My Heart’ can’t resist picking up the pace halfway through. It’s a fine line to tread between following a customary sound and being innovative enough to set you apart. Absolva walk this tightrope with an assurance that few bands have.
Often you see an act have a single big moment, that one killer song that they build a reputation on. That’s a bit like having a house of cards with the point at the bottom. Never A Good Day To Die spreads the load, it isn’t just a foundation but rather everything other than the illusive capstone that would surely elevate this fine band to the level they deserve. With so much emphasis these days on trends and gimmicks it’s refreshing to see a band happy to let their music do the talking.
With so much emphasis these days on trends and gimmicks it’s refreshing to see a band happy to let their music do the talking.