Abbath
Abbath


3.5
great

Review

by manosg STAFF
January 22nd, 2016 | 134 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Abbath’s debut is predictable yet solid, containing everything that we have come to expect from him.

I can’t say with certainty if it’s mostly due to the time of the year or the actual music on the LP, but there’s some value that has made Abbath one of my most listened releases lately. Be it the fact that it feels shorter than it really is, clocking at around 40 minutes, or the abundance of catchy riffs, but Abbath Doom Occulta’s latest offering is by no means a forgettable release.

Those who are already familiar with Immortal’s All Shall Fall and I’s Between Two Worlds might place Abbath somewhere in between. This translates in infectious icy riffs and classic metal influences in a melodic black metal surrounding. Granted, the album is more about execution rather than innovation but as long as the former Immortal leader can still write songs like “Winterbane” or “Root of the Mountain” there’s no reason to complain. Both songs are among the highlights and might bring to mind Sons of Northern Darkness even though they lack that extra oomph and destructive nature that could make them easily standout among the tracks of the Immortal classic. In addition, the closer “Endless” and “Fenrir Hunts” will remind everyone that this is still a black metal album that features a variety of the traditional elements of the genre bar the lo-fi production.

Moreover, there is a strong epic flavor throughout and several traditional metal passages that make the album easily accessible to non-black metal fans. A couple of bass fills and even the use of brass instruments (“Ashes of the Damned”) help in providing differentiation which is an issue sometimes with black metal. In the meantime, Abbath’s signature croak is neither too loud nor too back in the mix and complements the music nicely.

On the other hand Abbath is by no means an exciting album nor does it break any barriers whatsoever. Let’s not kid ourselves, the former Immortal frontman plays by the numbers and strictly inside his comfort zone. Nevertheless, this is not all bad as it has a positive impact regarding the consistency of the LP.

Overall, fans of Immortal from At the Heart of Winter and onwards will probably find Abbath’s debut an enjoyable listen. It’s well-crafted, catchy, powerful and at no point retracts anything from his legacy. After leaving his longtime fellow music traveler, Doom Occulta seems to have landed on his feet by offering a predictable yet solid album which contains everything that we have come to expect from him.



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manosg
Staff Reviewer
January 22nd 2016


11599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very enjoyable stuff, as far as I'm concerned.



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Hawks
January 22nd 2016


69195 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Fucking right sweet review bro. I need to jam this asap.

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
January 22nd 2016


11599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks dude.



Nice dig too, was jamming the album a couple of weeks ago.

Willie
Moderator
January 22nd 2016


17623 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3 | Sound Off

I never bothered to listen to Immortal, but I did like this album. Good review.

Hawks
January 22nd 2016


69195 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Willie how have you never jammed Immortal? Listen to Sons of Northern Darnkess and At the Heart of Winter asap, I think you'll dig them hard.

JWT155
January 22nd 2016


14355 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Halfway through the first track and I'm loving this.

deslad
January 22nd 2016


634 Comments


Great review once again man. I don't think this is my cup of tea though, so I am not sure I'll check this out any time soon.

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
January 22nd 2016


11599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Knowing your taste, I'll have to agree. Maybe check “Winterbane” and “Root of the Mountain” which are both mid-paced and you might dig.

WatchItExplode
January 22nd 2016


6542 Comments


...and Tyrants. That track is killer.

Thanks for reminding me that this came out.

piroga84
January 22nd 2016


361 Comments


i did find the panda!
Manosg, you are the man
i am going to listen right... now!

manosg
Staff Reviewer
January 22nd 2016


11599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha thanks piroga, always a pleasure!

bnelso55
January 22nd 2016


1328 Comments


Nice review, manosg! I agree with the points you made. This is a fun listen. I laughed out loud (in a good way) when the brass first chimed in in Ashes of the Damned.

Totengott
January 22nd 2016


4224 Comments


Sweet review as always, checking this out later.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
January 22nd 2016


11599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The brass was unexpected to say the least haha. I'm sure Abbath's trolling us.



Thanks Tot!

Totengott
January 22nd 2016


4224 Comments


Abbath being Abbath, hehe.

bnelso55
January 22nd 2016


1328 Comments


Probably. haha It sounds like it was lifted straight out of the soundtrack to The Incredibles, but I think that's sort of why it's so great.

Sabrutin
January 22nd 2016


5996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thought about checking this out when it got streamable, now I'm convinced. Mental pos

JWT155
January 22nd 2016


14355 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's currently streaming on Spotify.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
January 22nd 2016


11599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Sab!

Alastor
January 22nd 2016


1995 Comments


Not a fan of this album, the production doesn't bring the frost and the riffs are quite the bore.


"All Shall Fail"

sweet typo ; )



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