REVIEW: Abdullah - "Graveyard Poetry"

By Dan Century

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Graveyard PoetryIt's winter again. Time for snow. Time for isolation. Time for long, depressing, cold nights with not much else to do besides drink and listen to music. It's a good time to drop a laser on a new CD, stare at a wall and shut out the world around you. Have you noticed how crappy the world has become - you might as well try to forget about it for 60 seconds, and enjoy some music. If you're going to burn up an hour of your life listening to a single CD, the music should be quality - no inane TRL/MTV crap, or soundtracks for car commercials. Abdullah's Graveyard Poetry is perfect music to accompany winter daydreaming, or runs to the liquor store for more Ellsinore lager: quality music to rock out to, and quality lyrics to contemplate between calls from your hoser friends.

Abdullah's sound is a mix of three decades of hard rock & metal, minus the crap: no whiney raps, no hair-spray, no 500 beat-per-minute "classically influenced" guitar solos - only heavy riffs, tasty licks, ballsy bass, thundering drums and a singer who can sing & write lyrics that are too deep for me to even begin to comprehend. Graveyard Poetry should appeal to fans of Sabbath and Motorhead, Maiden and Metallica, Sound Garden and Alice In Chains, Monster Magnet and Clutch. Guitarist Alan Seibert deftly mixes an array of styles while never descending into cheesy showboating or losing focus of the task at hand. Alan's riffs roll and grind like industrial construction equipment and his soloing is as sweet and tasty as a college girl's lips. Singer and songwriter Jeff Shirilla's echo-drenched voice has the power and timbre to get the point of his lyrics across. Jeff's melodies are powerful enough that you'll find you're self singing along - even if you can't immediately decipher the meaning of his lyrics. Ed Stephens and Jim Simonian form a solid steel foundation that rumbles at 8 on the Richter scale.

Grave Yard Poetry opens with Black Helicopters: an ode to those urban-legendary black copters that do evil shit for the shadow government (I guess). "Will the mainframe systems rot? Will you intercept our thoughts? Black helicopters circle just overhead." While the government can find out all they need just by reading your emails, it's amusing to think that I'm special enough to have someone send helicopters for me. The music is a solid mix of 80's crunch and 70's blues rock - setting the mood for most of the album. Shirilla sure can hold a "YEEEEEAAAAAHHHH"!

Most of the songs on Graveyard Poetry are mid-tempo rockers, but there are a few "balls to the wall" and "smooth and deliberate" numbers. Disinformation rips from your speakers like an M61 Vulcan Canon, and They, The Tyrants is what it's like to have your village attacked by an AC-130U Spooky at 4:37 in the morning. Salamander creeps from the fire like a 10 story lizard descending on a shopping mall to leisurely snack on oblivious shoppers.

For anyone wishing for real metal album with none of the cheesy gimmicks, look no further than Abdullah's Graveyard Poetry. Of all the bands in the stoner rock genre, Abdullah remains the most true to the Sabbath legacy. When was the last time you bought an album that you could truly enjoy from beginning to end? Graveyard Poetry is such an album.

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