Riders of the Plague is the second album from American Thrash/Melodic Death outfit the Absence. I don;t really have that much to say about the band - this is very competant and enjoyable stuff very much in the vein of Carcass, Arch Enemy, At the Gates, Black Dhalia Murder with a maybe a bit of Megadeth and Pantera thrown in for good measure. The band have a lot of balls which are evident from the sucker-punch of the opening title-track, which is a pretty good indication of what to expect of the album - chunky and rather american sounding melo-death - nice solos - solid drumming etc. Other standout tracks are 'The Murder' which has some wicked egyptian-sounding riffs thrown in for good measure and 'Echoes' which sees the band at their most melodic and their absolutly KILLER cover or Testaments 'Into the Pit'. I also really liked the vocals, which reminded me a lot of Carcass legend Geoff Walker
Now this was definitly an enjoyable listen, but the band just seem to be lacking a certain something to keep me coming back for more. i can't quite put my finger on it, but there just doesn't seem to be that x-factor in this for me even though i can't really see any specific faults with the band. However, for some reason, when I'm in the mood for this sort of thing I'd rather take an album by Dimension Zero or Fragments of Unbecoming.
I didn't find anything that original, ground breaking or distinctive, but its a good CD and fans of the bands mentioned above could do a lot worse then checking out Riders of the Plague. Its also nice to hear an American metal band that isn't playing deathcore for a change. definitly a band to watch.