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"Graveyard Poetry" CD

MeteorCity Records

Genres: metal, stoner rock, doom rock

PO Box 40322
Albuquerque, NM 87916

Jan 6 - 12 2003

Heavily anticipated, Graveyard Poetry is Abdullah's second album, and it's filled with all the power riffs, axe solos, and seventies metal vocals you could ever care for. If you're a stoner rock fan, or just a metal fan for that matter, you will almost definitely dig this album.

Not only is the songwriting excellent, but the delivery is wicked. With an intense, ass-kicking sound, the band helps bring back memories of early Black Sabbath. In all their grandeur, the tunes absolutely rock you - the blasting, stadium-sized songs jerk you around unapologetically. The guitars tear you about, the drums beat you senseless, and the vocals tie it all together.

All the songs are sure to please hard rock fans. "The Whimper of Whipped Dogs," for example, is a sludgy, doomy track with a wicked chorus that will make you want to crack open an Ozzy-era Sabbath album. "Medicine Man," meanwhile, is a powerful basher with a neat, rolling guitar riff. "They, The Tyrants," perhaps the album's most impressive track, is a violent, explosive scorcher with some nice death metal vocals and an insanely thrashing solo that will pick you up and rocket you into space. Cowards need not apply.

If you're looking for some neat Sabbath-influenced metal, you can't go wrong with Abdullah. Though occasional black/death metal influences may put off some listeners, the album's zest for melody will keep them coming back.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 14 songs, distributed by the label, released 2002]