Abrahma – In Time for the Last Rays of Light

Band: Abrahma
Title: In Time for the Last Rays of Light
Label: Deadlight Records
Release date: 24 May 2020
Country: France
Format reviewed: High-quality Digital Recording

I think on some levels I might be unconsciously warming up to French metal. At least it appears like I randomly pick more and more bands from France to review, and so far it hasn’t been all that bad. This week it turned out to be the psychedelic doomers of Abrahma and their newly released album “In Time for the Last Rays of Light”. Being a third in live full length records with what appears to be a regular time in between each, I was sure I was in for a treat as I would catch the last of those rays of light.

Of course being doom and all the general sound is slow and sad although clean vocals. A lot of melody happens in the first track “Lost Forever” which was a surprise since it’s not super common with the genre but its nicely performed while not exactly overly metal. A bit of Korn and even Tool are present in “Lucidly Adrift” and over all felt a bit more dynamic than the opener. The length of the songs is of course in order with the genre, but after four minutes there is a surprise in the form of a blast beat and surely the second half captures the listener, much more so than the first half.

“Eclipse of the Sane pt. 1 – Isolation Ghost” comes third, and judging from the name I suppose I was anticipating some sort of an epic and grand track with some story telling vocals and I must admit it is in itself quite dramatic. The track goes up and down in intensity and it’s quite pleasant to get these dynamic passages that make it linger on without becoming boring. What confused me however is that part 2 of “Eclipse of the Sane- Fiddler of the Bottle” doesn´t come around until track 7 which than continues with the Alice in Chains vibes as some of the previous songs such as “Last Epistle“.

Clean guitars carry the final track “There Bears the Fruit of Deceit” with tons of reverb and delay and yet again throughout the track it goes up and down from the slow intro to the hard hitting drums and fuzzy guitars, overall quite the enjoyable melody with different emotions.

The change of the feeling and emotion throughout each track is what Abrahma has done quite well. To go from very calm to almost happy to blast beat frenzies and aggressive vocals with minimum effort and never too extreme makes the listening journey easy and pleasant. I won’t complain about what has been done here. 7/10 Julia Katrin

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