“Limbosis” is an epic album. 8 songs, 74 minutes. This is both good and bad. The good news is that Abstrakt are fearless and their music takes many directions within each song. The bad news is that, on occasion, there is some parts that either over stay their welcome or just don’t seem necessary.
I’m not a big fan of sound effects unless they are necessary. On the opening track “Teratoma,” the sound effects in the middle of the song go on far too long and the song loses whatever steam it had. Still, it’s a very good track. On the track “Liars Symphony,” the spoken word part (“This time my friend, instead of beer you’ll be given gasoline…”) annoys me a bit. Fortunately, it doesn’t go on too long on this song and the music is exceptional, one of my favorite tracks. I do wish there was a little less dialogue on the song “Greatnot.”
Musically, this Polish band are somewhere between Tool and their countrymen Riverside, with a nod to the melancholy of Katatonia. Jakub Puszyński has a really nice bass tone and reminds me a bit of Mariusz Duda’s playing. The whole band are great players but are more concerned with giving each song the necessary atmosphere rather than fill each with too many notes.
It’s hard to fault a band like Abstrakt for creating such a massive album. There’s a definite weight to this music. It’s expansive but still quite powerful stuff. “Limbosis” is not the “feel good” album of the year. Instead, it’s an album with feelings and tremendous dynamics. I look forward to hearing what this band does next!
2. The Bus
5. Bloody Mary!
6. Liars Symphony