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Meshing the histrionics of Shadows Fall, the technicality of Between the Buried and Me, and the old school flavor brought back by Trivium, The Human Abstract's recipe for creating metal yields a tasty treat for the ADD set with the penchant for a slew of instrumental noodling. From the soulful solo which ends "Mea Culpa", the acoustic whimsy of "Desiderata", and the unbridled thrash metal chaos of "Self Portraits of the Instincts", this Los Angeles quintet bring everything and the kitchen sink to the table, flexing their musical muscle with solid results. If you're looking for the missing link between power metal and metalcore, NOCTURNE suitably fits the bill.
- Mike SOS