Sound — 8
The Absence release another great album, The 2nd full length one from the band titled, Riders Of The Plague. Riders Of The Plague is one of the greatest melodic death metal albums I've ever heard. The Absence isn't very well-known and deserve more credit with this release. The guitar work in this album is too, amazing. Catchy riffs with either very thrashy solos, or just slow clean ones. So, this is Rider Of The Plague.
Lyrics — 8
There was nothing very special about the lyrics overall in this album. Like many melodic death metal bands, it was mostly singing about death, but it did have some key points behind the lyrics. The vocalist, I think, is magnificent melodic death metal vocolist. The vocolist is one of the reasons that caught my attention to this band. He has very clean growl and scream. His vocals mixes great with the guitar.
Overall Impression — 9
My overall impression of this album is wow. That's all I can say. This album appealed to me even though I'm not the biggest fan of Melodic Death Metal. Like I said before, they deserve more credit. It had thrashy guitar, fast drumming, and great screaming. It is very in-your-face. Some of the most impresive songs on this album are: Echos, Dead And Gone, and Into The Pit. Into The Pit is a cover, one of the best ones I've heard. It was originaly made by Testament, and the cover turned out golden. If Riders Of The Plague was stolen, I would defenitly buy it again x2.