|Haboryn - At The Edge Of Extinction
01. Fake Enemy
02. Route Of Violence
03. At The Edge Of Extinction
04. Natural Revenge
05. Self Destruction Comes
06. Rise And Fall
07. Burn The World
08. Get Me Out From This Torment
09. No Time To Pray
10. Blessed In Deception
If Norman Rockwell had been a shredder and listened to extreme metal, I'm pretty sure this is the sort of album he would have made. It's mostly fun, light, technically sound, and isn't meant to be taken too seriously. And all of those aspects can be and primarily are dope as fuck; fun is cool. Problem is, this just lacks bite. And with an album that skimpers around in extreme genres first and foremost, that's sort of an issue. This isn't by any means bad—most of the riffing and vox work is absolutely top-notch—but, by the time it ends, there's not enough in it to make you want to revisit it much. It's an extreme metal album that's decidedly not all that extreme.
But, can't stress this enough, that's not all bad. Thing is, there's nothing like some catchy blackened thrashy melodeath heavy something stuff when you're in the mood. It's kind of like stomping on Legos, tearing the heads off of dolls, and crashing tonka trucks into walls, whereas more extreme groups are like curb-stomping posers, decapitating scene-kids, and rolling bulldozers over pacifists. Both can be cool.
Only on a few occasions does the riffing lose momentum and the solos will come across as kinda uninspired. But the songs still, in general, end up feeling cohesive and sounding cool, and that's all good. At The Edge Of Extinction is essentially a digestible helping of poppy metal (think a handful of Dimmu with a pinch of Lamb Of God) made by an underground outfit and Haboryn are good at what they do.