Wednesday 26 February 2014

Absum - Purgatoire

2007 - 2009

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Funeral Doom, Black Metal, Drone Metal
For Fans Of: Nortt, Rhinocervs, Glossolalia, Sunn O))

Straight out of one the most exciting black metal movements/collectives (Black Twilight Circle) is Absum,one of the Circle's  more bleak and slow paced projects. The one man band plays a combination of black metal and funeral doom, with droning guitars, guttural (and incredibly ominous) vocals with a strong focus on atmosphere and tonality. While Absum may be as raw as fellow Black Circle Twilight bands, the lo-fi quality of the recording melds in with the miasma of bass, guitar and vocals to create a thick, wall of sound that is both mournful and terrifying. This is compilation of all of Absum's recorded material between 2007 and 2009, and not featured on either the 'Odors Of Dust And Rot' comp (which is excellent by the way, go listen to it) or various Rhinocervs contributions. This is absolutely pummeling, gut wrenching doom played slower than snail-pace - get on it.

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