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The Absence

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Tampa, Florida (2004 – present)

The Absence is an American band from Tampa, Florida. Their style has been described as aggressive thrash metal with Scandinavian metal influences. They are currently signed to Metal Blade Records. The band released an eponymous EP in 2004 and followed up with their debut album, From Your Grave, in 2005. The band’s second album, Riders of the Plague, was released in 2007. The album was praised in a review for finding an “interesting balance” between the genres death metal and thrash metal. In 2007, bassist Micheal Leon joined the band. Drummer Jeramie Kling left the band that same year and was temporarily replaced by another drummer from the Tampa death metal scene, Chris Pistillo. The band recruited Justin Reynolds as their new drummer in early 2008.

The Absence stated in late 2008 they would be entering the studio to record a new studio effort in March of ‘09. Due to time constraints and touring duties, the band said they would enter the studio on September 10th since the original date “wasn’t the right time.” However the band delayed studio entrance time once again and recently stated that they entered Mana recording studios on November 2, 2009 to record Enemy Unbound, their third studio album. Enemy Unbound was released in 2010.

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  • DarkMessengerVI

    From Your Grave, awesome album! ...can't believe I didn't have them in my music library. It's time to revisit their songs. I remember listening to their music on my way to school haha. Good band, A Breath Beneath is so good! Too bad not many people have heard the music.

    18 Oct 5:53am Reply
  • Schander

    The absence of The Absence.

    8 Aug 12:40am Reply
  • manuscripts

    Anyone else here for the skacore band from Michigan?

    11 Jun 11:02pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    it was probably some trivium fans who said that. besides it shouldn't matter what musicians are like in their personal lives, only the quality of the music they make.

    23 May 3:11pm Reply
  • bassius

    heard these guys are assholes or something, probably still think they're rock stars playing the token lounge for 8 bucks. probably going to give them my money anyway just cause its better than the usual Tuesday night.

    11 Mar 2:10am Reply
  • Schander

    So... their crowd-funding project failed?

    19 Feb 2:48am Reply
  • alex011997

    This band is really great find for Metal Blade Records. For me their debut album "From Your Grave" is masterpiece, however other albums are good.

    5 Jan 12:11pm Reply
  • o2w4e

    Help The Absence out and get some cool shit! http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-absence

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • SlaveOfN1l

    Didn't really like the new song, though not because of the cleans. Those epic melodies from their first two just simply went away :/

    7 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Sander1991

    I don't really like the clean vocals and the song is a bit repetitive. But apart from that it's a solid song. Here's the link to the lyric video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPOSfSMBusk

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Khaotic077

    Oceans is great, took me some listens though. Hyped for the next album, whenever it's coming.

    6 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ryujijitei

    Oceans isn't what I expected, but it's better than Enemy Unbound for sure. Hoping that the lineup sticks together to make a new album.

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Sander1991

    They announced a new single "Oceans" to be out on June 4th. http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=91588&utm_source=feedly

    6 May 2013 Reply
  • ryujijitei

    Interesting to hear that Per Nilsson is in the band now, hopefully the next album will be better than Enemy Unbound.

    19 Apr 2013 Reply
  • zinkx

    Hope to hear some new stuff soon...

    11 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Neversmiler

    Very good!

    30 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Sharp-Ton

    Proudly representative of their genre.

    21 Jun 2012 Reply
  • o2w4e

    Why don't more people know about this band?

    21 May 2012 Reply
  • o2w4e

    V In any genre.

    16 May 2012 Reply
  • Hyp0crisy

    wasn't too keen on their latest album, but from your grave and riders of the plague are about as good as you can get in the melo death genre.

    17 Mar 2012 Reply
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