Absu
Abzu


4.0
excellent

Review

by Lambda USER (68 Reviews)
December 21st, 2011 | 34 replies | 5,084 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fast, heavy, and intense, Absu's sixth full-length is a fun listen, but, more importantly, an excellent album.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

For those who don't know, Absu is a black metal band from Texas who play some of the fastest music around, and their sixth full-length "Abzu" is no exception. It's fast as hell. This album is only thirty-six minutes long, but it blazes by in a swirling cacophony of breakneck riffing, hypersonic drumming, and harsh vocals. From the opening banshee call of "Earth Ripper," to the closing riff of the fourteen-minute epic "A Song for Ea," this record hits you like a bat out of Hell, and before you know it is over.

The second album in their planned 'self-titled trilogy,' "Abzu" is also the band's shortest since their debut, at only thirty-six minutes. While such a short running time may seem like a downside to some, it actually benefits this record, because it doesn't allow the speedy material to overstay its welcome, and instead of leaving you tired, or causing you to lose interest halfway through, it makes you want more; it makes you want to listen to it repeatedly. More than anything, this record is a very fun listen. All the instrumentation is dead-on, even at the extreme speeds present on here, and the vocals are excellent. There are also a couple of acoustic interludes on this record which work extremely well. Lyrically, the album seems to deal with matters of the mythological and the occult.

The recording quality is also superb on "Abzu." The mix is excellent; the drums are heavy without being overbearing, and the vocals sit at the just the right place in the ensemble. Really, the only somewhat disappointment on here would the last song, the aforementioned fourteen-minute "A Song for Ea." Don't get me wrong, it has great moments, but it isn't really as cohesive as it should be, instead sounding, at times, like a bunch of shorter songs jammed together. It's still definitely worth a listen, though.

Absu have crafted an excellent album with "Abzu." It is a great combination of supersonic instrumentation and good songwriting, and is all supported by an outstanding mix. This is a very solid black/thrash metal album, which fans of the genre would be amiss to not check out.



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Lambda
December 21st 2011



2417 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool album, comments are appreciated

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Cells
December 21st 2011



1875 Comments


yay finally a review for this

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2011



18225 Comments


fast riffz

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zaruyache
December 21st 2011



6121 Comments


Bam!

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linkjerk
December 22nd 2011



311 Comments


hmmm i might look into this more

sifFlammable
December 22nd 2011



2741 Comments


black thrashz

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2011



5970 Comments


Cool review, pos.


Guess i should spin this sometime soon.

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seedofnothing
December 22nd 2011



3425 Comments


I didn't like this the first time I heard it. I'll have to give it another spin and see if it changes my mind.

KILL
December 22nd 2011



71087 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good shit

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Lambda
December 22nd 2011



2417 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Voivod! And yeah, this is a cool album.

glezz
December 23rd 2011



235 Comments


I like Absu but everytime i hear them i think "Hmmm, when will Destroyer 666 put out a new one?!".

Ignimbrite
January 8th 2012



5310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

has riffs

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
January 8th 2012



8778 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

fast riffs, plays hard [:

Ignimbrite
January 8th 2012



5310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so hard

leothedrummer
January 21st 2012



19 Comments


Saw them live a few weeks ago. Without a doubt one of the best live bands I've ever seen. Most of it sounded even better than on record too, including the new songs. Circles of the Oath was considerably more furious...so good.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2012



18225 Comments


proscriptor is a beast

seedofnothing
January 21st 2012



3425 Comments









TheSpirit
February 24th 2012



17626 Comments


Finally listening to this and it's pretty great so far

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Wizard
April 15th 2012



19296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just picked this up yesterday and I'm pretty impressed with how consistent these guys are.

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KILL
April 15th 2012



71087 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its cool yea



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