Combining elements of post-metal and hardcore, Abest creates a uniquely heavy sound that you almost need to brace for before listening. Just when you think it’s safe, Abest jumps out of your speakers and slaps you across the face with a god damn brick. Not only is their music harsh and heavy, but at times when needed they slow it down and provide you with heavy dirges that are just enough to buckle your bones as well. Not only that, but Abest creates bleak and dismal atmospheres all throughout each of their songs, so if the heavy doesn’t get you, the atmosphere might.
Abest doesn’t waste much time getting you acclimated to their dense and heavy sound either. They begin Last with a bit of an intro for the opener Halt, but after a few seconds you are pushed into the vortex of post-metal and hardcore fury and after that Abest doesn’t do much to make you comfortable. As each song rolls along you feel as though they are right in your face playing these songs and you can feel each riff and each note hit you square in the chest. Last is a punishing EP but even after all of the punishment taken you can’t help it but to go back and listen again.
Each song is filled with riffs that crash down upon you like tidal waves, solid drumming, thick rumbling bass lines and vocals that are shouted at you with larynx shredding capabilities. And as mentioned above, Abest weaves a fair amount of atmosphere into their music as well which creates dark and abysmal tones as well. So, no matter where you decide to turn you cannot escape from the bulldozer that is Abest. Last tends to want to steamroll you into oblivion and the more you listen the more likely that may happen, but more than anything this release gets you headbanging violently.
Even though there are only four songs on this EP there is enough content packed in to keep you satisfied yet wanting more all at the same time. Lost is extreme, atmospheric and down right undeniably heavy. This is and EP that you need to play loud and headbang to otherwise you would not be doing it justice. Overall, this is a solid EP that lays waste to just about everything in its path including you if you aren’t too careful. The musicianship is tight, the production is good and the vocals are also on point and with everything sewn together you get an undeniably good and heavy listen.
You can find Abest as well as this EP right here.