Absu are a band from Texas which I would describe of Mythological Occult black/death metal and this is a review of their debut album "Barthrum : V.I.T.R.I.O.L" which was released by Osmose Productions during the year of 1993.
Drums are a mixture between mid paced drumming mixed with some very fast playing and brutal blast beats, while the synthesizers give the music a very atmospheric and ritualistic feel, as for the bass playing it has a very dark feel and follows the riffs coming out of the guitars.
Rhythm guitars mix some slow death metal riffing while the fast riffs are influenced by both black metal and thrash, while the guitar leads have a satanic death metal feel.
Vocals are high pitched black metal screams that have some death metal influences with some female vocals that have an opera feel while the lyrics touch on a variety of occult topics such as Celtic, Greek and Italian Witchcraft, Qabalah, Chinese mysticism, and Sumerian, as for the production on this album it has a very raw and dark feel.
In my opinion this was one of Absu's best albums and if you are a fan of Absu you probably already have this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Descent To Acheron" "The Thrice Is Greatest To Ninnigal" and "Fantasizing To The Third Of The Pagan Vision". RECOMMENDED BUY.