Saturday, August 27, 2011

Absu/Abzu/Candlelight Records/2011 CD Review

Absu are a band from Texas that has one of their previous records reviewed before in this zine that plays a very occultic form of black/thrash and this is a review of their 2011 album "Abzu" which was released by Candlelight Records.

Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats being thrown in at times, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they sound very powerful, as for the synths when they are utilized which is rare they add another dark dimension to the music without being too overdone.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast riffs that combine black metal with thrash mixed in with some more esoteric influences while the lead guitars are very chaotic and melodic sounding guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking to add a very dark and medieval feel to the music.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams mixed in with the occasional power/thrash high pitched screams, while the lyrics cover Thelema, Enochian Magick, Gnosticism, and Sumerian Mythology, as for the production it has a very powerful, heavy and professional sound to it.

In my opinion this is a good album from Absu and while I prefer their older stuff I still feel this is a great album and I can tell that they have gotten a lot faster and heavier over the years and if you are a fan of their previous albums you will not be disappointed. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Abraxas Connexus" and "A Song For Ea". RECOMMENDED BUY.

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