have very high hopes to a new album from American blackened thrashers Absu. They
play very varied and interesting music that also kick some major butt. And I
was not disappointed this time either. Still with very clear black metal
elements Abzu is an album that really thrashes. The first five tracks are high
speed tracks that really throw you into spontaneous head banging. Black, fast,
varied, atmospheric, awesome. The fifth track “A Song for Ea” is a different
beast clocking in at nearly a quarter of an hour, nearly half of the playing
time on Abzu. The long track is divided into six segments that vary quite a lot
and some would most likely say that the track becomes too segmented. I beg to
differ. This track expands the bands repertoire even further into progressive
metal. In my book that is a compliment.
production is very crisp. Some would argue that the drums are a bit too much in
the foreground of the mix but I say it actually works very well. Besides, the
drumming is very good also. Fans of both thrash and black metal should check
this one out. Fans of progressive metal could do worse as well. Recommended.