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Riders Of The Plague [Import]

The Absence Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (13 Aug 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Metal Blade Records
  • ASIN: B000SO7OXY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,069 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Riders Of The Plague
2. Dead And Gone
3. The Murder
4. Echos
5. World Divides
6. Prosperity
7. Untitled
8. Awakening
9. Merciless
10. Into The Pit
11. The Victorious Dead
12. Outro

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absent? 5 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is the second album from THE ABSENCE following their debut 'rom The Grave;'released in 2005, also on Metal Blade. If you've never heard THE ABSENCE, think of a male fronted ARCH ENEMY and you're near enough there. From a first listen to this album you can definitely tell that Scandinavian Death Metal is a key influence in their music.

Opening track (which is also the title track), 'Riders of The Plague' doesn't mess about and is straight in there with one hell of an opening. Fast, heavy and awesome. Excellent riffing from the off as well as a cracking solo the likes of ARCH ENEMY would be proud of. Continuing the album is 'Dead And Gone' which is a slower paced track than the opener, but still is as good in its own way.

By the way 'The Murder' starts off you would think that this was the wrong name to give this track, but soon enough we hear the crushing riffs kick in and we get back to the real stuff. Some excellent riffing again showing that they are consistent in their ability to write technically good music that works and is not just a mish mash of chords, beats and vocals that don't mix. The songs flow very well which indicate they know how to write a good song and structure a good album.

'Echos' has a good intro to it, and although the pace of the first track still hasn't been matched yet, the songs are very good, showing the diversity within the genre itself (IN FLAMES have proven that being one of the leading bands in the genre).

The production is very good with nothing seeming out of place. Every riff, drum beat, vocal growl is clearly distinguishable from one another. Some of the high pitched guitar riffs may come off worse for ware when played live, but they are portrayed on the album very well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid 2nd album 20 Aug 2009
By Hedon
Format:Audio CD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding musicianship 19 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
WOW, this album really is something special. The Absence hits on all cylinders on Riders Of The Plague and really show their growth and maturity as a band. The songwriting and musicianship is fantastic and clearly shown throughout the album as there is a great mixture of epic solos, momorable harmonies and powerfull vocals, just listen to the solo of "world Divides" and to unerstand what i mean about the guitar playing abilities of Patrick Pintavalle and Peter Joseph. the whole album is peppered with little riffs and melodies that are memorable and put a smile on make you just quickly pause in amazement and think "WOW". I really recommend this album to people who like good quality scandanavian metal (melodic death) or more atmospheric thrash (testament) they really appeal to a wide range of metal fans with the mixture of melody and aggresion. Go pick this album up and enjoy it! \m/
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 7 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Addictive drum hooks,Solo's and vocals. This is one album that I do not regret buying. I would strongly incourage anyone who would like to buy a album in this genre of music, To go ahead. Good. Mind you that is only my opinion. Lol
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  17 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing and will leave you breathless 13 Aug 2007
By L. Bazan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the greatest metal cd's to be released in a few years by a new band. American metal in the past few years has been kind of weak but, not this album. It is about as addicting as In Flames with the ferocity of an old school 80's thrash band with the brains to match. These guys are awesome at what they do. Just take a listen to the title track and you will know exactly what I am talking about. The double bass hits with such intense precise hits and the guitars are angelic at times and strikingly brutal which adds such contrast to the songs structure. I also enjoyed "Dead and Gone" as well as it reminded me of Carcass or At the gates. Very old death metal sound going on here as well. The likes of which have not been heard since the great DEATH!!!A definite highlight on this cd as well is "Merciless".That song has great guitar licks and sweet drums. Right now I am enjoying "World Divides" also as it rings a familiar bell almost like God Forbid but yet so unique in it's own way.The double bass just doesn't stop at all during this song.Great tune.Oh and did I forget to mention the sweet TESTAMENT cover of "Into the Pit". Only a sheer genius could match up to Alex Scholnick guitar leads and this guy did just that while adding all his own style to one of my favorite metal songs of all time.This album is a keeper through and through. It will not let up until you orgasm out of the ears. Five stars. Well done guys
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Sick... 29 Jun 2008
By J. Brooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well said by L. Bazan:

"This is one of the greatest metal cd's to be released in a few years by a new band. American metal in the past few years has been kind of weak but, not this album."

The Absence is a VERY talented Melodic Death Metal band up there with Darkane, Arch Enemy, etc. What a find. I really love these guy's. Not only are they talented, but they write very tasteful, powerful songs/riffs, etc. The drummer rips; his work with the cymbals is excellent.

The CD is pretty much stellar from beginning to end. IMO, "Riders of the Plague", "The Murder" and "Awakening" (and "From Your Grave", off their first CD) are some of the best metal songs ever written. The Absence is my new "favorite" band and what a GREAT addition to the genre. I wish these guy's much success and us; much more music from The Absence.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Swedish metal American-style 13 Aug 2008
By Skip Savage - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I didn't expect to hear such great playing from this Florida outfit. At first I noticed inspiration from Swedish metal pioneers like The Haunted and Arch Enemy. But now I hear their unique take on the genre and the tremendous ability they bring to it. Stirring drum work, great arranging, tight guitar harmonies, rarely a note out of place. Meticulous-sounding yet natural and honest.

The Absence is a band to respect, to love and to recommend without hesitation.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing missing here 8 July 2009
By misha2707 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Americans don't know how to do melodic death metal. I've conceded the point. Yet, there is hope even in the dullest of death metal scenes. Enter The Absence. This outfit is from Florida. Their music is defined as a fusion between death metal and thrash metal. That said, I very much enjoyed this album.

The guitar melodies are insane and addicting. The music as a whole is harsh and brutal as death metal should be. Interestingly enough, their roots more resemble old school Swedish death metal rather than Death-esque grinding. The song tempos are are generally very fast and the drumming is precise. I can't find any fault in the low, growled vocals, either.

The guitars are obviously what drives this album. This is the way melodic death metal should be done.

Thus, my review indcludes no absence of stars. I'll give it 4.9/5. It is incredible. Get it and you'll love it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fans of Arch Enemy and Daath, look here. 17 Dec 2009
By J. Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Other reviewers who have compared this album to Arch Enemy are spot on. Some of the riffs and guitar acrobatics even remind one of Heartwork/Swansong-era Carcass. One other band that immediately comes to mind while listening to RotP is Daath. That's Daath, not Death.

To keep it short and simple: this is one of the best metal albums of the past 4 or 5 years. Yet it gets virtually no attention. Hopefully this band gets the credit it deserves. I love Arch Enemy, and this is as good as anything Arch Enemy has released, in my opinion. I can't imagine anyone who likes Arch Enemy or Daath or similar artists not loving this album. Get it now. I promise you will not be disappointed.
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