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ABRAHMA (Through The Dusty Paths Of Our Lives) CD

And yet another album where I don't know what to think about. In that case, it's the new full-length of the French four-piece ABRAHAMA, formerly known as Alcohsonic. At first I was really impressed by the huge riff-based heaviness and the progressive approach, but after a while I had to find out that 'Through The Dusty Paths Of Our Lives' is also pretty pompous and far too long. Regarding the latter, it would not have been a problem if ABRAHMA were interested in writing memorable killer songs. Instead, they only demonstrate their well-developed playing skills and their tendency to melancholic intellectualism. And for this, they need exactly 70:22 minutes spread over 15 songs. Damn, sometimes I miss the time when a full-length was only 35 minutes long.

Of course, you can give ABRAHMA the credit for being sophisticated and open for experiments. And actually, there are definitely some moments where the band succeed in adding something fresh to the standardized kind of Kyuss/Dozer sound. So I am sure that fans of both bands will find pleasure in 'Through The Dusty Paths Of Our Lives'. I, on the other hand, came to the conclusion that this album embodies appearance over substance, and the production is just too bloated and slick. A little more naturalness would not have done any harm. But at least, Alexander von Wieding had done a very nice cover artwork.