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Among The Missing : Cease to Exist

Among The Missing, a punky sludgecore band that hails from London, had quite a turbulent start of the year 2007. This lead to a change in plans for the release of their second album, 'Cease to Exist', turning it into a two part single CD rather than a two disk release. It's also the reason that the vocal works are done by guest vocalists as the previous one left during the problematic period. However, despite not ending up as originally envisioned it's still quite a headbanger with several tracks that sticks with you.

The two sides are of approximately equal length, but their sound have a few main differences. Side A is somewhat up-paced and clearly influenced by hardcore and thrash metal. It's brutal but with plenty of hard boiled humor of the same kind often found in the britsh punk scene. This includes several sound clips from movies. My favourite is the underlying Chuck Norris joke serving as the intro in 'Brian Blessed are the Meak': "Well. Forgive me, but you've got shit shoes on you, shitty shoes bastard!" Not to mention that Brian might be a Monthy Python reference, in which case the meak would be blessed by someone who they want to be messiah, but who in reality, according to a recent interview with his mother, was just preoccupied with sex, sex, sex - like all other youths.

Side B is - with the exception of the latter half of 'Hymn' - the side of interest for those into sludge/doom. It was intended to be slower and doomier, something which they have indeed achieved. Yet only 'Finsbury Park' can claim to be a real doom metal track. It's similar to a less aggressive 13 despite having female vocals - by Christina Lange - that rather reminds me of Guano Apes. Personally I would also claim that it's the best track amongst the ten, but with so much diversity on the album there is bound to be many who find others to be more in their taste. 'Trembling Before' is short and not all that doomy to my ears. It's more so than anything on Side A (again with the exception of 'Hymn'), but not by much. The final track, 'Cease to Exist', is an eleven minute long instrumental in the vein of doomcore bands such as Neurosis and Godflesh. As an atmospheric and somewhat gloomy track it contrasts all the others who without exception have a strong aggressive tendency.

Needless to say, 'Cease to Exist' is a very special album which will certainly please those who are bored by tracks which sound too similar to eachother. The band shows diversity as well as keeping in touch with it's underground roots. I reccommend that anyone interested taste a few tracks before buying as not to be surprised. It's indeed an unusual album.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
Side A:
1. Hymn
2. Fable
3. 95% Concentrate
4. Mitre Square/Element of Change
5. Among the Mything
6. Brian Blessed are the Meek
7. Knights of the Sun

Side B:
8. Finsbury Park
9. Trembling Before
10. Cease to Exist

Duration : Approx. 45 minutes.

Visit the Among The Missing bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-04-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
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