Abyssal
Novit Enim Dominus Qui Sunt Eius


2.0
poor

Review

by Idioteque USER (7 Reviews)
January 4th, 2013 | 39 replies


Release Date: 01/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Idioteque reviews something he has listened to

Right, Abyssal’s sophomore effort Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius (which – unsurprisingly - translates into “the dead master of true decay is decomposing”) is perhaps the most interesting, varied and significant album of 2013 thus far, due almost solely to the fact that it is the only relatively important album of the year that has been released. Upon being informed of its existence, I felt compelled to investigate and was immediately met with a situation that I have very rarely encountered before; as anyone vaguely familiar with my reviews should know, I seldom listen to music, since I consider the quality of the artwork to be far superior to that of the sound and therefore get far more enjoyment from examining whatever image the artist has chosen to accompany their album rather than actually hearing the music. This usually pays off, but when I saw how terrible the artwork for Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius is, I immediately realised that I would be unable to justify not listening to it by staring at such a boring picture of clichéd decadence. Therefore, I gritted my teeth, prepared to immerse myself in a world that I had absolutely no experience of, and pressed play.

The first thing that struck me about the album was that the band has ideas. I was so absorbed by the immensity of that fact, and by the pressurized atmospheric depth (think that Crash Bandicoot level in the Wrath of Cortex with the station in the sky with the fans that slice you to pieces that comes before the wind boss), that it took me a while to realise that none of them are good ideas. The harsh production is used successfully to further bury the quality of the music, a double-bluff that tries to make the listener assume that there is something good buried underneath the layers of miasmic roughness; it didn’t fool me (I should point out once again that I am not a real user, and therefore am not quite as stupid as I pretend to be). So, the first flaw with the album is that there are no good ideas. The second flaw is that the band very quickly runs out of bad ideas, and therefore has to recycle all the crap that they’ve already used. The similarities between first (proper) track The Tongue of the Demagogue and the last track The Last King are infinite, ranging from similar riffs to an identical morse-code message sent by the drum-machine’s cymbal in the second verse (see, I really have listened to it) that says “let the dead bury their own dead”, which is a reference to the As Cities Burn song Wake, Dead Man, Wake (however, since As Cities Burn took it from the Bible, they have the last laugh). That’s really all there is to say; it’s a **** album that pretends to be even worse than it is to make itself sound better. If your into black metal, or you’re a ********** (a la skeletorissatan), then you’ll probably dig it, otherwise go back to Burial with all the other posers.



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IdiotequeCigar
January 3rd 2013


348 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I lied once in this review, and it wasn't about the morse code

CaptainDooRight
January 3rd 2013


29131 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ah


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johnnydeking29
January 3rd 2013


9049 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Shit, he's back

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Wizard
January 3rd 2013


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So you listened to this once and reviewed?

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Tyrael
January 3rd 2013


20876 Comments


Ah you raised your rating wizzy!

hi five

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GiaNXGX
January 3rd 2013


4867 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

meh album. Well-written review but your first paragraph is pointless, which leaves me only with one paragraph that criticizes this band for being lazy. pos'd, only one thing:

or you’re a ********** (a la skeletorissatan)


skeletor doesn't digs doomy blackened death/finnish-esque stuff, he's afraid of the doom.

Hawks
January 3rd 2013


35824 Comments


I feel like I'm gonna love this album.

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zaruyache
January 3rd 2013


6442 Comments


I assume this review was intended to be worthless?

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MichaelSnoxall
January 3rd 2013


12163 Comments


Review was written too early. I demand a decent write-up for this.

johnnydeking29
January 3rd 2013


9049 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Just read review, is obviously a troll (since when has Idioteque done anything else) but I agree with some of it; didn't like this much

MichaelSnoxall
January 3rd 2013


12163 Comments


I haven't listened yet, but I feel they might have rushed this.

johnnydeking29
January 3rd 2013


9049 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's not my kinda thing at all tbh; I only got it because it was free

TheSpirit
January 3rd 2013


17820 Comments


Overrated band

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Propose
January 3rd 2013


808 Comments


album blows yea

Adabelle
January 4th 2013


4257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album art of the year

Edit | Added tracklist go me

Wizard
January 4th 2013


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Overrated band

True but they still put out decent enough modern dm.

FrozenVain
January 4th 2013


2432 Comments


I refreshed and you had one more neg. I laughed.

CaptainDooRight
January 4th 2013


29131 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pretty sure album art is a hole in a tree with cobwebs on the outside transposed to black and white

sailSAway
January 4th 2013


846 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

some interesting elements here for sure, but the vocals just seem lazy. or maybe they're the best part and I'm wrong haha.

zaruyache
January 4th 2013


6442 Comments


And the translation of the album title is completely wrong, although I'm sure that was intended as some attempt at humor.



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