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The Absence

Proving that South Florida is still home to thrash metal at its most aggressive, the Absence are a Tampa-based band whose furious guitar work, monstrous vocals, and pummeling rhythms have won them the approval of discerning fans of extreme hard rock. The Absence were formed in 2001 by vocalist Jamie Stewart and guitarist Patrick Pintavalle; both were veterans of the Tampa metal community but believed that the scene was growing stale and needed fresh blood. Both Stewart and Pintavalle were fans of the new breed of Scandinavian metal, which they embraced as a key inspiration as they assembled the first lineup of the Absence; they made their debut in 2002, playing an opening set for Mastodon. However, neither Stewart nor Pintavalle were happy with the new group's progress, and they began working up material with two likeminded friends, guitarist Peter Joseph and drummer Jeramie Kling. While they were all pleased with the results, Joseph and Kling were busy with another band and couldn't commit to the Absence full time. However, in time that changed, and in 2005 Stewart, Pintavalle, Joseph, Kling, and bassist Nick Calaci came together as the Absence and recorded a demo that impressed Metal Blade Records enough to sign the band.

In the fall of 2005, the Absence released their first album, From Your Grave, and the group toured extensively in support of the disc, both as a headliner and opening for the likes of Ion Dissonance, Entombed, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Dead to Fall, and Nuclear Assault. In 2007, the Absence returned to the studio to record their second album. Featuring guest appearances by James Murphy (guitarist with Death and Testament), Jonas Granvik (vocalist for Without Grief and Edge of Sanity), and Jonas Kjellgren (of Scar Symmetry and Carnal Forge, who also produced the sessions), the Absence's sophomore release, Riders of the Plague, was released in August 2007; in support, the group hit the road as part of the Metal Blade 25th anniversary tour with labelmates Cannibal Corpse, the Black Dahlia Murder, and the Red Chord. In 2008, Kling left the band and was replaced by Justin Reynolds. The following year the band went back into the studio, but was delayed after Reynolds was injured in a serious car accident. Jeramie Kling returned to the band to once again play the drums, and in 2010 the Absence released their third album, Enemy Unbound. ~ Mark Deming
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alabastervil l i s 0
never heard of these guys before, not too bad. ill have to check them out alil closer
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All about the u
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All about the ��
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Reminds me of devildriver kinda. Not bad, could be a little heavier, not completely convincing, shines in spots. Onlyy heard the song Maelstrom
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Speaking of your own procreation.
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tmckay78
Not heavy enough. I like suicide silence and whotechapel.
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Tampa metal at its finest..plus they added a new member that lives inside Jaime's beard and does high pitch wails
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Pretty sure my ears just orgasmed to, Hidden In White.

And exactly! Where the hell is, From Your Grave!!??
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Intolerance is a disease, Metacom.
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my hometown homies. any bad a** vokillists out there check out this band from tampa that needs a frontman @ alphadecaymu s i c . c o m
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Where's From Your Grave???
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metacom_of_9
jdh212121, clearly you're guilty of supporting deathcore/me t a l c o r e .
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Yes indeed, Pandora. You deprive your users the greatest melodic death album of all time. Which, by the way is, From Your Grave.
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Pandora your missing the beneath your grave album
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Who knew you could record a sea lion getting sexually violated by a walrus, call it "The Absence", and sell it for a profit. I am sickened that someone is making money from animal rape, even if it is asea-creatur e on sea-creature crime. Someone needs to let the World Wildlife Fund know about this.
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No such thing as false metal dumbasses, but these guys still kick major butt
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One of the few good bands from FL...we tend to host some garbage metal (trivium, black tide, etc...)...En e m y Unbound was kinda disappointin g though...Rot P was so epic...
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metacom_of_9
Its always refreshing to hear a metal band from the states that isn't that deathcore/me t a l c o r e false metal s**t...
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saw them open for amon amarth very good show
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wow, nice.
Never heard em until now. I hear some Carcass / Arch Enemy etc...
Sweet...
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Saw these dudes a long time ago at a local venue in pdx called rock'n'roll pizza. Every time they come I have to see them. They always put on a brutal show. Should be seeing them in March. Definitely one of the bands keeping metal alive. Stay Brutal \^^/
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Didn't add this before. F**king awesome band.
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they have a new album woot and someone critiqued them!!!!!
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My favorite album of theirs is From your grave. I am into more melodic metal so that one is especially dope.
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I know I commented a while ago but I really do love these guys and the Riders of the Plague album is just badass RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE!!! Although Pandora is not showing their first album, From Your Grave which I think is not bad, but ROTP is just genius. AND they are releasing their new album (Enemy Unbound) in December this year f**king CAN'T WAIT!!
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kickass
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crazyc1333
awesome combination of rock and metal love worlds divide at the half way point
I put this one up there with divine heresys first album
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A better version of Arch Enemy
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reb909
not bad. not bad at all
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actually cali would be home to death as the band death came from there. these guys are dece
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really underated
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American Melodeath at its best
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Ummm...f**ki n g AMAZING! World Divides...just...I have no words...
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HOLY S**T this band is good, where have I been?
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Florida is still the true home of death metal! and bands like this prove it!!!!
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bam44mag
heck yes!
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mealey85
I'm definitely a fan, and Godsmack sux!!!!!!!!
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these guys kick a**
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hell ya today was the first time i heard these guys. they are brutal!!!
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One of the best new metal acts from the US
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Yeah... I first thought it was Arch Enemy with their old singer too. It's all good though.
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Riders of the Plague is the song that reminds me of Arch Enemy.
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Reminds me of Arch Enemy. There is one song of theirs that I actually sometimes confuse with an arch enemy song.
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pretty damn good yo
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these f**ks are great live
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Good stuff. Reminds me of In Flames and Soilwork.
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these guys are pritty good
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They need to load "From Your Grave" on here, it's a damn good album

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