I remember listening to these guys a while back thinking “Wow, they’re American?!” I read some reviews about how they’ve been compared to European bands such as Emporer, Dimmu Borgir, etc, and decided I’d buy the CD. I had high hopes that this would be another one of those “timeless classics” that you rarely find anywhere anymore. But unfortunately, as much as I hate to admit it, this CD wasn’t as great as I thought it would be. I love the classical piano passages and the atmospheric synths used throughout the album, they add a whole new perspective to the songs. The overall guitar riffage is right on, can’t really say it’s anything special, but some parts stick out more than others. The drummer is insane on this album, probably my second-favorite instrument other than the keyboards. The vocals, however, are probably the weakest elements in this CD. To be honest, they really… REALLY get on my nerves at some points. The vocalist sounds like he just came in from a mallcore band rehearsal and is trying to go “black metal,” at least in my humble opinion. As much of an extreme metal fan that I am, with all the bands I listen to that scream/growl, I even have my limits. He screams so much in some points where I wish he would just shut up and let the band play. If he had put less high-pitched screams and emphasized more low-pitched death growls, I personally think the whole CD would be much better. But that’s just me.
Overall, this CD is great as far as originality is concerned. I can say that, despite what I mentioned above, at least they’re doing something different from other American bands. Most American metal lately is just weak and predictable. At least with Abigail Williams, you don’t know what’s next. I can’t really say this album is addictive (at least in my case), but if you’re looking for something new, try it out. I’d listen to the samples though before buying.