ABSU - Absu Gatefold 2-LP (Transparent Turquoise Blue Vinyl)
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In the ‘meat and potatoes’ of Absu’s song catalogue, a lot of the riffs are similarly phrased, in the same scale (Phrygian I think? I don’t know, I ain’t kno psychiatrist), and sound pretty much the same. This probably alienates some people. But as an earlier reviewer mentioned, Absu’s classic style of riff-sequencing created a certain fluidity of motion, and often culminated in incredibly moving, simple melodies, propped up by context. Diplomatically put, the new guitarists have outstanding technique but more conventional style, and I can understand them having neither the desire nor the ability to ape their predecessor’s quirks in a convincing fashion. This album reminds me a little of Emperor’s move towards a more general metal on “IX: Equilibrium,” with an influx of rhythmic patterns recalling Morbid Angel. Licks here and there remind me of Dissection, and on the whole it reminds me of what it would be like if Cradle of Filth was really awesome. If this were 1998 and I was 14 years old reading some rave review of COF in Terrorizer for the first time (and feeling really optimistic), this is how it’d sound in my imagination. An acceleration/brutalization of traditional thrash but more ambitious, with the dissonance and appropriated Maiden-isms of conventional black metal, all subjected to an overflow of silver-tongued lyrics and killer blastbeats. And the keyboard embellishments are perfect imo, tonally balanced and zany and suggestive of infinite depths.