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Press from “Reflections In The Bowels Of A Bird” (2015)

 

As far out as Abrahma went on Through the Dusty Paths of Our Lives, they never lost track of the fact that they were writing a piece to contribute to the whole of the record, and the same is true of Reflections in the Bowels of a Bird. More so, even, since the material is tighter and more cohesive and the album itself is nearly 20 minutes shorter at 52:41. It’s that core of songwriting that enables Abrahma to continue to engage the listener in this brooding manner, their attention to detail evident in the effects, solos, rhythmic changes and depth of the mix, which is the kind of abyss in which it’s a pleasure to lose oneself.

– THE OBELISK

 

In all, after a few listens I think this album will go right into my ‘rock & metal masterpieces’ shelf, next to some Pink Floyd, Sleep, Godspeed! You Black Emperor and Black Sabbath releases. Abrahma will fit right in with some of these classics with their perfect combination of powerful rock
and a complex and mature sound. Stunning piece of music…

– MERCHANTS OF AIR

 

Small Stone continues to release such gratifying albums and Abrahma seems to be a bit different than the stoner rock norm. The band has combined the elements of psychedelic metal, melodic doom and stoner rock into one big melting pot, creating a distinct album that is sure to draw in fans of these genres. We can see this album taking off since they seem to have a broad reach. We highly recommend this one, it has an overall massive sound quality that will challenge any stereo system. – 9 /11

– ROTATION11.COM

 

If you’re a fan of anything doom, stoner, psych or even just want to hear something new and interesting you could do a lot worse than grabbing a copy of this. It’s wonderful in its scope and showcases a band in very fine form playing with varying moods and delivering an album that shines from start to finish.

– METALASFUCK.NET

 

If this album is anything to go by, the group are on the road to reap the successe’s of bands such as Soundgarden and Tool with their hard but enigmatic sound. Abrahma are ones to watch!

– GLOBAL ON SLAUGHT

 

À l’écoute de ce deuxième album de haut vol, on ne peut s’empêcher de penser que les Parisiens auraient mérité une petite place sur la scène de la Valley au Hellfest 2015. Qu’à cela ne tienne, on ira braver leurs rafales spatiales sous le bas plafond du Glazart début Juin. Un lieu Idéal pour cette musique entre ciel et terre. – 8/10

– NEW NOISE MAG (MAY 2015)

 

Sometimes cavernous, sometimes solemn and smooth, Abrahma’s songs are always powerfully wrapped in some sort of unhealthy heat tinged with esoteric Hindu influences, and majestic vocals with a lyrical post-punk taste. – 7/10

– RUMORE (JUNE 2015)

 

The band played Roadburn this year, and they certainly fit in with that festival’s expanding focus. In their more delicate moments, Abrahma also remind me of heavy progressive groups with a knack for catchy vocals, like Porcupine Tree or maybe Klone. It’s not the single heaviest thing I’ve ever heard, but I revisited Reflections in the Bowels of a Bird to contemplate its balance of songcraft and tone, which is much more exciting than just another band that got into metal through grunge.

– INVISIBLE ORANGES

 

Reflections In The Bowels Of A Bird” is a record you will need to invest time in, given there is little in the way of visceral, fists in the air stuff that immediately catches the ear. However, it is a record that keeps on revealing more and more of itself with each listen and as time goes on it becomes something to cherish. Its ambitious, it’s original and it’s very, very good indeed. – 8/10

– MAXIMUM VOLUME MUSIC

 

… La force d’Abrahma tient avant tout dans la qualité des compositions mélangeant habilement rock psychédélique, grunge et stoner. Qualité alliée à une finesse qui peut se faire rare dans les genres cités. Et c’est clairement lorsqu’il étire son art sur la longueur que le groupe excelle. Les trois parties d’”Omens” présentes ici en sont le meilleur exemple. Raffinées, subtiles, massives et aériennes à la fois, Abrahma démontre sur ces trois œuvres qu’il a vraiment atteint un niveau de composition rare pour un deuxième album. Le groupe donnerait presque envie de s’intéresser à l’astronomie tant sa musique donne l’impression de se retrouver dans un voyage sidéral. La bande son idéale pour se plonger dans un univers graphique comme celui d’Universal War One de Denis Bajram. Abrahma n’en oublie pas pour autant d’être efficace dans la plus simple expression heavy avec des mastodontes comme “An Offspring To The Wolves” ou “Square The Circle” et confirme, s’il en était besoin, qu’il a plus d’un tour dans son sac au travers de riffs dantesques et d’arrangements divers. Que de sentiments également à l’écoute d’un morceau aussi ensorcelant que “A Shepherd’s Grief”. Que de larmes aussi à l’écoute de “Conium”… On se retrouve submergé…. – 16/20

– VS WEBZINE

 

Flawless and well orchestrated throughout, it’s like a maze made perfectly for the ear. From the city of love is where they reside, however the darkness truly comes out with their retro doom sounding music. They have released one of the best through and through albums I have heard this year in “Reflections In the Bowels of a Bird”.

– METAL NEXUS

 

When it’s not lashing out with heavy riffs that infect your mind, it’s a slow ambiance that makes you think you’re floating in the great black ether of outer space

– RIDE WITH THE DEVIL

 

Reflections in the bowels of a bird se présente comme un manifeste, une ode au rock lourd, au métal puissant, à la musique ultra heavy et psychédélique. Le quartet puise ses forces aussi bien dans Alice in Chains qu’Electric Wizard ou Monster Magnet, et offre son propre mélange en béton armé. Riffs massue en veux-tu en voilà, ambiances païennes mélancoliques, solos de guitare jamais démonstratifs qui renforcent le caractère impénétrable de cette jungle érigée à la gloire de dieux vaudous oubliés, Abrahma a lancé un sacré pavé dans la mare. L’album est touffu et ne s’apprivoisera pas facilement, malgré une durée plus raisonnable que sur son prédécesseur, Through the Dusty Path of our Lives. Il n’est pas impossible qu’une telle densité en fasse fuir certains. On ne saurait les en blâmer, mais pour les autres, ce second album est un bloc de granit, non pas noir mais rouge sang. Comme les entrailles d’un oiseau, dans lesquelles l’avenir s’annonce radieux. – 8,5/10

– LA GROSSE RADIO

 

…Reflections In The Bowels Of A Bird est indéniablement l’un des meilleurs albums de rock heavy qu’il m’ait été donné d’entendre jusqu’ici. Je tire donc tout simplement mon chapeau en espérant qu’ABRAHMA saura trouver le public qu’il mérite chez nous comme à l’étranger…

– W-FENEC MAGAZINE (May 2015)

 

Avec « Reflections In The Bowels Of A Bird », Abrahma marque à nouveau un maximum de points et prouve que sa présence sur une structure internationale n’est en rien le fruit du hasard, mais le résultat d’un investissement conséquent dans cet art qu’est le stoner conjugué à une bonne grosse dose de talent. Bougez vos culs pour notre scène et cessez de tourner vos yeux vers l’Amérique : ces régionaux n’ont absolument rien à leur envier ! – 4/5

– DESERT-ROCK.COM

 

So to wrap things up, if you’ve got a yearning for something harkening back to early nineties grunge tinged psychedelia that provides you with a straight ahead rock with chops and hooks to spare, this will definitely be a release for you!

– THE SLUDGELORD

 

 

Press from “Through The Dusty Paths Of Our Lives” (2012)

 

Through The Dusty Paths Of Our Lives is huge. It’s massive. It’s exploding in sound. The album is long too clocking in at 70 minutes. It’s a lot of music to take in but once you’re sucked in, you’re in for the long haul. Small Stone has had some huge releases this year, and is promising more later. Through The Dusty Paths Of Our Lives is certainly going to stand out among them.

– THE SODA SHOP

 

Aside from showing that they still have avenues to explore, it also seems to indicate an awareness on the part of the band that there’s more to creating than construction and that an essential part of developing as a unit is indulging the spontaneous as well as the blueprint. In any case, there are no shortage of indulgences on Through the Dusty Paths of Our Lives, and though the record certainly takes its time in making its point musically as well as in its circuitous language (something I can get down with, when it comes to it), the point is well made by the time they’re done. With a release so substantial, I have a hard time saying it shows potential for future ground the band might cover because I feel like it might take away from the impression this album has on its own, but among the many things Abrahma have room to do on their first full-length, they have room to do that as well.

– THEOBELISK.NET

 

For me, there is an obvious drawback to owning a recording as epic as this one. It will probably have to be a double-album if I get it on vinyl, which means it will cost quite a bit more than the records I usually buy. Maybe I should start saving now.

– THE RIPPLE EFFECT

 

If you’re already a fan of Small Stone, Through the Dusty Paths of Our Lives will not disappoint you. If you like rock that can best be described as loud and heavy, Abrahma is a band you should get to know.

– EXAMINER.COM

 

‘Through The Dusty Paths Of Our Lives’ never gets boring – which I’d say is a major problem with stoner movement at times – and with over an hour of music is quite an achievement.

– UBBERROCK.CO.UK

 

Blending 70s heavy metal blues with, sludge, psychedelia, and studio wizardry into a brilliant nimbus of noise, Abrahma’s debut on Small Stone records is as auspicious as it could be and places Through the Dusty Paths of Our Lives on the path for front-runner as metal album of the year.

– RANKANDREVUE.COM

 

I entreat you to get this album that will be assuredly in many top 10 of the year, starting by mine ! No possible regret, if you’re into STONER, this is ESSENTIAL.

– TEMPLE OF PERDITION

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