ABSU – Absu (2009)

Absu - Absu I’ve got to be honest, I was never a big fan of Absu. I mean, they did the traditional black metal thing about as good as they could’ve done, but that kind of thing hasn’t much clicked with me to begin with. Given that the self-titled Absu is the band’s first studio album in eight years, I can’t hypothesize as to the intentions of its creation, but I can’t help but compare it to Leviathan (who, if you’ll recall from reading this blog, released an album last year that went beyond the confines of previous albums and succeeded wildly in doing so).

Whereas early Absu albums were stoically engaged with balancing black metal and thrash in their music approach, the blend was, how shall I put this…less than graceful. Of course, black metal (as confrontational as it is) and grace are polar opposites, so this shortcoming can be forgiven, at least on a metaphysical level. And while Tara represented the (untile recently) apex of this style, it’s plagued by a traditionally thin production (listen to those drums! uggh…) and weird, empty interludes (which are sometimes the part of songs, and sometimes not). Here, the production is more refined, and as a result, the songs (which, coincidentally, are among some of the best the band has ever produced) sound fuller and more menacing.

While it’s not as evolutionary significant as Cobalt’s Gin is, Absu is still a highly enjoyable metal album. I’d recommend it to both fans of and newcomers to Absu. Yes, I’m sure there’ll be some people crying “foul!” on both sides of that spectrum, but you can’t win ’em all.

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One Response to “ABSU – Absu (2009)”

  1. […] of the album that’s different. It’s not that it sounds clean, like recent efforts by Absu or Blut Aus Nord. It sounds modern. And therein in lies the difference. The guitars are weightier […]

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