It seems that Abdullah is moving away from the stoner/doom scene and into the stoner metal scene along with bands like Kyuss. Their track on this split also reminds me of a stoner version of a Metallica song, but I can't remember which one it is. In any case, no doom this time, but I also like great headbanging music (which this is) so I don't mind.
Despite the changes you can still clearly hear that this is Abdullah. The riffage has undergone some treatment to make it more upbeat, but it's still recognisable. Not to mention the unique vocals of Jeff Shirilla, which still remain much the same.
But... If Abdullah is moving away from the doom scene, who is going to take their place? The band inhabiting the other side of the 7" answers that question. Nephusim is darker and more depressing than Abdullah and contains no sign of being laid back. Still the similarity in melody and the religious philosophy would surely make this interesting for Abdullah fans.
Nephusim is probably a bit too drowsy to fit the stoner/doom label perfectly, but you can clearly hear the bouncing rock influences. On the other hand the genre label is unimportant. The music already fits very well with the sorrowful lyrics. It definitely works, so why change it?
In the end there is only one real disappointment about the split. It only lasts ten minutes. I guess it's not such a bad length considering that it's a 7", but still... I would definitely have cheered for a few more minutes of this.
2. Shattered Soul
Duration : Approx. 10 minutes
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