Absum/Odz Manouk
Rotting Esophagus


3.5
great

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
August 27th, 2012 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


There's no denying the effect that Rhinocervs and Crepesculo Negro have had on underground black metal over the last year or two, with a steady stream of releases representing talented musicians with the singular aim of creating dark and atmospheric music. The explosion in popularity of anything related to either of these two labels can be off-putting to those who (such as myself) who actively try to disregard any hype, but it's almost impossible to ignore the quality of artists such as Odz Manouk and Absum (who are not even the top tier when it comes to Rhinocervs releases).

This newish split from the aforementioned bands opens with a track from Odz Manouk, which is arguably his weakest track yet. This isn't really a comment on the track itself, more so on the untouchable quality of the full length and two songs that appear on the split with Tukaaria. 'The Esophagus' is a discordant and introspective black metal song, generally similar to most of OM's work. The way in which Yagian constructs his guitar lines is immaculate, a talent apparent on all OM material.

Absum also provides one song, and provides an excellent companion piece to 'The Esophagus'. Absum is not talked about anywhere near as much as other BTC bands - this is probably to do with the fact that the project's music is a little wayward of the general black metal style its contemporaries follow, and possible because Absum's music takes a little time to warm up on the listener. 'The Rotting Sea', Absum's contribution to the split, takes a blackened doom approach and infuses it with a menacing atmosphere. The way it builds up to the melody at the end is fantastic, and overall the track begs multiple plays. Rather than keep waffling on, I'll reiterate the fact that I am a huge fan of this split, and it's a clear sign of Rhinocervs continuing to do great things. The record is probably not available anymore, but it's most likely still at reasonable prices on the secondary market.



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rasputin
August 27th 2012


14550 Comments


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Oathbreaker
August 27th 2012


1649 Comments


Nice, will get this.
pos

MoosechriS
August 27th 2012


5029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nice review dude Pos'd split is really good, you've actually just reminded me that i havnt got absums purgitoire. Discogs here i come.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2012


18725 Comments


been meaning to listen to this for a while now

Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

rasputin
August 27th 2012


14550 Comments


Nice review dude Pos'd split is really good, you've actually just reminded me that i havnt got absums purgitoire. Discogs here i come.


you should be able to get it reasonably cheap, there are three pressings.

MO
August 27th 2012


18865 Comments


siiiick split is amazing, nice review rasp

Tyrael
August 27th 2012


20901 Comments


Good to see your writing again rasputin

pos'd

ApplicationToHeaven
August 27th 2012


1562 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

absolutely love the odz manouk song, the absum one's alright

rasputin
August 28th 2012


14550 Comments


i think absum's song is great, it's definitely a grower

MoosechriS
January 19th 2014


5029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

revisiting this for the first time in a while, the Absum song is immense.



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