A fusion of thrash metal with metalcore and deathcore means you’re right to expect something beautifully heavy and wild from Pennsylvania quintet Traverse The Abyss.
The Scranton band formed from the ashes of a few members of former band Without A Martyr with a refreshed start in 2016. On their sound, they tell us: “We would describe our sound to people who haven’t heard us yet as an in your face, powerful blend of heavy metal and its sub genres. Each song brings it’s own vibe to the mix, ranging from thrash metal to modern metalcore/deathcore.”
They’re certainly not wrong on it being “in your face” as is proven by latest single Ghost, which was released last month. It opens up with drawn-out guitars that continue under intense distant screamed vocals that end in a cry of “Another lost soul.” That ushers in a darting guitar riff over more screams, and picks up pace as heavier drums kick in.
A big drum roll sees it drop into cool high-pitched guitars over heavy screamed vocals from frontman Eric Abyss (we’re not sure if that’s his real name), and the song grows in pace and intensity.
It suddenly drops into doomy guitars and rolling drums under Eric’s drawn-out vocals, then a spinning guitar lick comes in underneath. Then it dives back into faster guitars under more intense screamed vocals, and the pace gradually builds up again thanks to some heavy double bass drum action and cool stabbing guitars. Check it out in the video below:
Prior to that, the band released their aggressive self-titled EP back in 2018, from which we absolutely love the sound of Dead Weight. It opens up with pounding drums and cool chugging riff then a huge scream as the chugging guitars kick on.
Big screamed vocals take over in a heavy, fast-paced opening verse that ends on a huge cry of “You’re a fucking disgrace.” Darting guitars jump in and link into an even more intense second verse. A little bassline takes over and is joined by more melodic, almost spoken vocals from Eric, which gives way to a heavy ending.
The band’s members share a common love for Lamb of God and The Devil Wears Prada, as well as the likes of Slipknot, Trivium, Whitechapel, Motionless in White and August Burns Red.
And the band are big on being a force for good for people even if they are going through hard times. As they tell us: “We like to spread a positive word for people to believe in themselves and that they can accomplish what they want regardless of what people say. Always have naysayers, but you must press on.
“We always go darker in our topics about struggles with depression, suicidal thoughts, grim bleak outlook on life. So it is like a teeter totter, either it is like ‘Hell yeah I can take the world, nothing can stop me’ or ‘What’s the point, we all die in the long run.'”
There’s plenty more to come from the band, including – hopefully, but obviously virus dependent – a bunch of shows across northeastern United States that’ll see them share stages with the likes of The Devil Wears Prada, Twiztid, Attila and Volumes. They’ll also be back in the studio to record a new EP shortly.