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YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton metal band Traverse the Abyss

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton metal band Traverse the Abyss
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Traverse the Abyss

City: Scranton

Genre(s): Metal, heavy metal, hard rock

Years active: 2016-present

Sounds like: Traverse the Abyss takes a very modern approach to metal, so old school metalheads may have a hard time wrapping their headbanging around the band at first because they leap from sub-genre to sub-genre, but that’s not to say that they’re unfocused. The title of their debut album, “The Gamble of Life,” is appropriate because they’re not afraid to take chances and roll the dice with different styles and techniques, sometimes within the same song. This diversity keeps things interesting and unpredictable as you hear elements of metalcore, thrash, nu-metal, death metal, hard rock, hardcore, and punk throughout.

With beastly breakdowns; badass riffs; direct, in-your-face vocals; and vigorous live performances, Traverse the Abyss delivers what you’d expect from a contemporary metal band while still keeping moshers on their toes, like any good pit should.

For fans of: Slipknot, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, August Burns Red, Chelsea Grin, As I Lay Dying, Attila, Chimaira, Beartooth, A Day to Remember, Bullet for My Valentine, Bring Me the Horizon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Avenged Sevenfold, The Ghost Inside, and Threatpoint

Number of albums/EPs released: One (one full-length album, “The Gamble of Life,” in 2016)

Latest release: “The Gamble of Life,” released Nov. 26, 2016

Fun fact: The founding members of Traverse the Abyss were once members of local metal bands Threatpoint and Without a Martyr, who broke up at the end of 2015.

Online: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bandcamp, ReverbNation, and YouTube

Upcoming shows:

May 19: Beyond Fallen CD release party at Irish Wolf Pub (503 Linden St., Scranton) with Suicide Conspiracy and Assayer, 7 p.m.

June 4: We Are Lionhearted Benefit Concert at Luzerne County Community College (1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke) with Calista Uher, Send Request, and more, noon

June 11: The Brandolino Benefit Show at The V-Spot (906 Providence Rd., Scranton) with Beyond Fallen, Johnny Jones, Fatal Misconception, Suicide Conspiracy, Insomnia Station, The Aegean, The Way, and No Vacancy, 1 p.m.

June 21: GameChangerWorld (6616 Ruppsville Rd., Allentown) with Miss May I, Upon a Burning Body, Kublai Khan, and Currents, 6 p.m.

June 23: Irish Wolf Pub (503 Linden St., Scranton) with Stay Loud, Anabasis, and Earthmouth, 8 p.m.

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