Absolva – Side By Side

Absolva – Side By Side
Rocksector Records
Release Date: 17/04/2020
Running Time: 58:17
Review by Tsarina Wilson
9.5/10

We welcome back Absolva with their fifth album “Side By Side” and it’s good to hear they have come back in such style. These guys are at the top of their game when it comes to keeping us entertained with their songs! Yes, we can compare some of their music to great bands such as Maiden & Saxon etc but they stand proud on their own merit. With ten new tracks and two covers they give us nearly an hour of pure Heavy Metal! Absolva are led by the strong vocals of Christopher Appleton, who also plays lead guitar and produced the album, along with Luke Appleton (Iced Earth) on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, Martin Mcnee on drums and Karl Schramm on bass and backing vocals. The drumming was recorded in Belgium in November 2018 and other parts of the album were recorded at Rocksector HQ in Manchester during 2019/2020. Mastering was done by Ade Emsley (Iron Maiden, Voodoo Six and Tank amongst others) The front cover art work was the work of Akriant Illustrations (Iron Maiden, Star Wars, Blaze Bayley) and I’m telling you this because Absolva always deliver a great package.

“Side By Side” is very much an album of anthems, ‘The Skies Your Limit’ is one such track with some absolutely crazy riffing and manic drumming, Absolva certainly keep you on your toes. On the title track you can imagine a large crowd singing the chorus at the tops of their voices, fists held high. Just when you think it’s going to be a slower song…boom you get hit by the guitar solo and drumming and then it’s back to the slower vocals and the combination is brilliant. Christopher’s voice is so powerful yet you hear every single word he sings and with the, also powerful, backing vocals coming in at just the right times everything feels spot on!

My favourite track is definitely ‘Legion’! I’ve sat with my head phones on listening to this song over and over and the epic guitar riffs are so air guitar worthy, you end up banging your head along while yelling Legion every time they do (sorry neighbours, oops) but I don’t think the guys would be too worried if they knew, I get the feeling they love what they do and like to whoop up the crowds at their gigs. Other tracks like ‘Eternal Soul’ prove that although they get compared to other great band’s they have their own identity and following. It’s great to hear such a talented bunch, musically and vocally, all combined together delivering quality song after quality song!

The bonus tracks of ‘2 Minutes To Midnight’ (Iron Maiden) and ‘Heaven And Hell’ (Black Sabbath) are both brilliantly covered but never take away from Absolva’s own raw talent, they really stand on their own two feet! Yes we know all bands are influenced by others they have listened to and admired from their past but the fresh material from Absolva, and the very obvious talent they have, puts them on a pedestal!

Absolva are going from strength to strength with each album, this is their fifth since they got together in 2012 (plus a live album/DVD), are certainly showing others how it should be done and that a smaller UK band can easily compete with larger, more established acts. They work tirelessly but absolutely love what they do and it shines through on “Side By Side”. This is an album I shall have on repeat for a long time. Well done lads!

TRACKLISTING:

01. Advocate Your Fate
02. Burning Star
03. The Sky’s Your Limit
04. Side By Side
05. Living A Lie
06. Legion
07. Eternal Soul
08. End Of Days
09. Heart Lets Go
10. From This World

Bonus Tracks:

11. 2 Minutes to Midnight (Iron Maiden Cover)
12. Heaven And Hell (Black Sabbath Cover)

LINKS:

www.absolva.com
www.facebook.com/Absolva
www.instagram.com/Absolva
www.twitter.com/Absolva
www.youtube.com/user/Absolva

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Absolva – Flames Of Justice

Flames Of Justice Cover

Absolva – Flames Of Justice
Rocksector Records
Release Date: 05/11/2012
Running Time: 51:47
Review by Rick Tilley
9/10

Hi Everyone. One of the previous places I wrote reviews for was US Radio Station Brutiful Metal Radio which closed its doors a while back and their website disappeared along with all the reviews I wrote! I thought it would be great if we could repost the reviews on Ever Metal so that they are not lost completely and, possibly, you can discover some great albums and bands you may have missed the first time around! Do bear in mind that line-ups may have changed and, in some cases, the bands may be no more but the albums created at that time are what is important so delve into the fairly recent path and have a read!

This Absolva review first appeared in 2013

What happens when your band is on the verge of breaking through and then the bass player gets asked to join metal titans Iced Earth? That is what happened to heavy rock trio Fury UK last year. Instead of replacing Luke Appleton, brother, lead guitarist and vocalist Chris Appleton and drummer Martin McNee put that band on hiatus and formed Absolva, “Flames Of Justice” was their debut album released in the second half of 2012 and they hit the ground running faster than Usain Bolt on steroids. Fusing the heavy rock sound of their previous act with classic metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Saxon “Flames Of Justice” is a blinding album. Joined here by bassist Dan Bate and lead and rhythm guitarist Tom Atkinson (who has since departed due to other commitments), Absolva aren’t completely retro though. There is enough of a modern twist to their sound to keep fans old and new very happy, a point proved by the size and diversity of crowds at their gigs.

“Flames Of Justice” kicks off with the screaming title track, and that alone leaves you in no doubt that Absolva mean serious business. Followed by ‘Hundred Years’, ‘Code Red’ (which is sure to become a live classic),’From Beyond The Light’ and ‘Breathe’, which thanks to Chris Appleton’s slightly Dave Mustaine style delivery could be a Megadeth song, in fact “Red Lamb”, Mustaine’s recent collaboration album with Dan Spitz would be a good reference point for Absolva. This is full of crunchy riffs, choruses that stay in your brain long after the album has finished, great solo and duel guitar work that fits the songs extremely well, a good variety of tempo and rhythm section of a very high calibre that ties the whole thing together beautifully. “Flames Of Justice” has been well produced, mixed and mastered by Matt Elliss, although if anything he hasn’t quite managed to catch the raw power that Absolva share on the live circuit. That is a pretty small criticism though for a band that really is set to keep the spirit of classic metal alive if they continue to produce work of this quality.

There is something strangely alluring about Absolva’s music. It feels very familiar, as if you have known the band for years, but at the same time it adds new and exciting flavours, a bit like a good wine, and that great mix has had me going back to this album time and time again to enjoy its contents. Another of the great bands on Rocksector Records you genuinely have to keep an eye out for Absolva because they are going places!

TRACKLISTING:
01: Flames of Justice
02 .Hundred Years
03: Code Red
04: It Is What It Is
05: Breathe
06: State of Grace
07: From Beyond the Light
08: Free
09: Love to Hate
10: Only When It’s Over
11: Empires

LINKS:
http://www.absolva.com/
https://www.facebook.com/absolva/

https://www.instagram.com/absolva/

https://www.youtube.com/user/Absolva

 

 

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