Absurd (GER)
Facta Loquuntur


4.0
excellent

Review

by illmitch USER (16 Reviews)
March 10th, 2016 | 10 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A beautifully inspired piece of raw punk-ish black metal that wasn't really black metal

If the quality of the more extremist strand of black metal is held up to scrutiny, surely Absurd is one of the more derided bands - and this is not without reason. Their earlier demo material is so pathetic that an ironic cover of the Village People's YMCA is perhaps the only thing worth investigating, and immediately following the group's incarceration, their members adopted the sickening creed of Naziism, taking their music into a strikingly boring, overproduced drone only of interest to those sympathetic to those views.

The one relic of Absurd's recordings that retains its value is their debut LP, Facta Loquuntur. Much as Mayhem's sole output with notorious vocalist Dead, Live in Leipzig, holds a station of fame, so does this album have its place showcasing the thoughts and actions of a handful of misguided youths who took their place among the early black metal scene.

This album is marked by its imperfections. As simple as the goals laid by Mayhem's Deathcrush EP were, the music here is far simpler: everything is a formula between power chords with little of the technical tremolo picking that would come to characterize the genre, and the drumming isn't even always on beat with these simple riffs.

However, black metal has never been and never will be distinguished by its technicality. No, if anything, the utter simplicity of Absurd's music only adds to the grim sound of the album. It solely services to underscore how utterly serious the musicians were recording these songs. Where another artist might sound humorous singing "Where is your savior" Where hides Jesus" Why isn't he at war against us"" in the face of the utter simplicity of the words, Absurd sounds chillingly earnest, even in between simplistic guitar solos that only underscore the basic riff.

If only for these few songs, Absurd would likely have been lost to the sands of time, known only by extreme enthusiasts. However, they chose to take matters further. One member was involved in an affair with a schoolteacher, and upon a classmate learning of this, the bandmates chose to murder him. Lyrics from the first Absurd album take on a morbid tone given this knowledge:

"You’re so far away from me
I am pain and agony,
And you think that between us stands my belief
You're right with this, we're both alone, tell me - what shall I do!
Forever I am Satans son, for ever I love you."

"I would rather be with you
Be a father to my son
The same black blood does run in our veins"

These unforgivable deeds embellish their music. Where before there were rudimentary riffs, loosely inspired by Bathory and Manowar, now there was the collection of youths who put their dark beliefs into action. Just as the best punk is written by those truly believing what they say, so too is the best song Absurd ever wrote encapsulated in Mourning Soul, an awkward hymn of power chords with poorly sung vocals laid atop. They were wholly untalented, from guitar to drums to vocals; but of inspiration they had more than most bands could ever dream of possessing.



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Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2016


14314 Comments


hey there friend

we tend to have an unwritten rule of one review per day, as to not push other peoples reviews off the front page with 3 of your own



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ThyCrossAwaits
March 10th 2016


3443 Comments


Thanks mort.

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JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
March 10th 2016


6704 Comments


mitch has been in the game more than a minute

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
March 10th 2016


6704 Comments


eh whatever, it's not that busy lately. I've always respected that "rule" and I get it, but I can forgive a guy who barely posts material to drop a couple reviews in one go

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2016


16144 Comments


what ovdeath said

illmitch
March 10th 2016


5511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

don't worry about it guys i'll take another five year break and then post four reviews in a day

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2016


25403 Comments


Illmitch in the houseeeeee

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Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2016


14314 Comments


my comment looks well stupid now that i realise you have been here a fair while fuuuck

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2016


16144 Comments


mitch ur pic looks like my father in law lol

Surtur
August 24th 2017


563 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Their later stuff is okay but this album is so bad hahaha



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