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Absolva / Press

“disarmingly modest & yet undeniably sharp.. pummelling power.. marvellous melody. (9/10 live review, Manchester, Sound Control. 31st May 2014)”

Steve Swift - Powerplay

"The band has carved out their own distinctive sound that immediately makes them identifiable.... a killer record" (Anthems To The Dead album review)

“British metal is still alive & kicking, people are still coming to shows & people still want it (Chris Appleton interview)”

Steven Reid - Fireworks

“taking serious steps towards being an act of depth & meaning, while still hitting with the old school authority that only the likes of Iron Maiden, Saxon or Judas Priest can usually muster.. if there's been a better UK metal album this year, I sure as hell haven't heard it (Anthems To The Dead)”

Steven Reid - Fireworks

“a pearl in heavy metal. This is a modern day NWOBHM album”

Rock Tribune Magazine (Belgium)

“This is what I love to see from bands, heavy moments and then more passionate, cleaner sections. I can see even bigger & better things coming for ABSOLVA 9/10”

"This is the show of the year so far.. it’s going to take something truly special to beat it!"

“Epic mid-set highlight The Altar And The Cross is as good as anything Iron Maiden have managed in the past two decades – its classic fusion of light and dark allowing Absolva to unleash their full rock arsenal. 8/10”

“It is thrashy, it is thunderous, and it is dangerous”

“Absolva have reached the meridian of creativity and fecundity with Anthems to the Dead”

“If you could bottle the professionalism, attitude, fun and music that these three guys provide then there wouldn't be the need for drugs!”

“a massive statement from a band who are defining the future of British metal" .. infectious, uplifting & impossible to ignore”

“The production is excellent, and " Anthems to the dead" shows us that these guys are more than ready for the big time, are eager to make their name and known to the farthest corner of the metal scene”

"The production & mixing of this album is world class.. The final track ‘Silent Sacrifice’ is a masterpiece. The presence of Luke Appleton of Iced Earth is a more than welcome addition.. The guitar harmonies on this track are mouth watering. The drumming is crystal clear, the riffs are complex and the tone is gorgeous. Dan Bate’s bass lines underlay an absolute epic"

"fans will delight in what this record offers.. a worthy successor to a staggering debut.. gilt edge execution will surely see their following increase yet still"

“It's dynamic songwriting shining through with meaty riffs, emotive choruses and fantastic musicianship”

“A wealth of classy Metal riffs, blazing guitar solos and melodic choruses”

“Appleton’s ability on lead is incredible, pulling off chugging riffage and slicing atmospheric solos with samurai quality precision”

"A rival to any metal album released this year. Strength in adversity, brilliance in motion. Absolva in excelsis". 9/10

“Top-notch British metal with brains, balls & big tunes. Like Thin Lizzy & Megadeth arm-wrestling in a backstreet boozer!”

Dom Lawson (of Metal Hammer)

“grabbed an already packed venue, shook them vigorously, demanded & got fists in the air, before leaving the stage as conquering heroes (support show with Iced Earth in Glasgow)”

Fireworks magazine

“twenty first century metal of the very highest order. In a word, stunning (album review)”

“whatever Appleton does you know you're going to have an epic on the album.. the superb ‘Free’. It's just seven and half minutes of pure molten Metal joy”

“brilliant harmony lead & vocal exhibition. This band is definitely one to watch (Bloodstock Open Air 2012)”

Martin Harris - Powerplay