A model of consistency, Los Angeles' ABYSMAL DAWN sprinted out of the starting blocks with 2006 debut "From Ashes", brought a new level of precision extremity with 2008 sophomore album, "Programmed to Consumed", and continues to demonstrate the science of quality control with new album, "Leveling The Plane Of Existence". The striking P?r Olofsson artwork, the socially/politically insightful lyrics, and the deft mix of traditional death metal savagery and memorable songwriting are all here, just as one would expect from one of America's best DM acts. On "Leveling the Plane of Existence", ABYSMAL DAWN takes the riff-centric, often thrashy style of Swedish-esque death of "From Ashes" and balances it with the intricate, more extreme USDM style of "Programmed to Consume". The result is a dense riff sound and somewhat less technical approach that still makes each track distinct and, as always, catchy in a relative death metal sense. The pacing and flow of the album is varied and never allows time for boredom, as each compositional turn is designed to ward off boredom. The mid-tempo material, such as "In Service Of Time" and especially the swampy riffed MORBID ANGEL crunch with uniquely ABYSMAL DAWN chorus of "My Own Savior" exemplify those smart compositional variances. One thing is for certain, when it comes to USDM, ABYSMAL DAWN has established itself as a premier act.