Absurd^2
Absurd²


4.5
superb

Review

by DePlazz USER (4 Reviews)
December 4th, 2018 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Thou shalt not refrain from overlaying technical thrash riffs with jazzy drumming and fretless bass noodling.

Clocking off at just under 13 minutes, this 3-track exercise in tech/jazz thrash leaves an imprint that will last you a couple of full-length albums. An EP that is as stunning as it is short necessitates a review that is perhaps equally short, but no less mandatory.

The tried and tested track scheme: 1) lay out clear contours for structure with recurring themes, build in 3-4 tempo changes and the occasional clean break or interlude; 2) within those confines, go all-out berserk from beginning to end, delivering a performance that is relentless and focused at the same time. Components: tight technical guitar riffing; screamed hardcore-ish vocals that convey controlled hysteria; an audible bass that co-produces the riffs and grooves, overlaying them with additional harmonies, licks and leads; an absolutely masterful jazz-metal rhythm section; and the chemistry to make the interplay of this quartet sound as airtight, natural and straightforward as it can possibly be. The result is an explosive, yet very cohesive run of three standout tracks: Point Of Insanity, In Hypnosis, and Wisdom.

Extol familiars should find it fascinating to discover how the output of this short-lived side project by cousins Christer Espevoll and David Husvik (joined here by Magnus Westgaard on bass and Ivar Nikolaisen on vocals) must have been instrumental in developing Extol's specific brand of progressive thrash, while effectively bridging the period between Undeceived (2000) and Synergy (2003). Thus, Wisdom retains the B standard tuning of Undeceived, and its 2000 appearance on the In The Shadow Of Death compilation immediately preceded Extol's cover of Believer's Shadow Of Death on the Paralysis EP (2001). Point Of Insanity was pre-released in 2003 and contains unmistakable references to the riffs and chord progressions on Synergy.

Absurd²'s eponymous effort in itself could have easily formed the blueprint for a further series of exciting releases. But the boys left it at this - and the blueprint took a dive.


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DePlazz
December 4th 2018


1215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL56D5B0516F058E46

Digging: Absurd - Absurd

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
December 4th 2018


2653 Comments


absolute MVP you are. review feels simultaneously awkwardly jank and also pretty fitting of both the EP and the history of the musicians. i like it. this thing rules so hard.

DePlazz
December 5th 2018


1215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Cheers ramon! Yeah does this thing rule or what.

Now if only the site admins would fix the font issue in the band's name.

Casavir
December 5th 2018


2430 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Among the best releases from '04.

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DePlazz
December 5th 2018


1215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The cd edition was limited to 500 copies, so it's pretty much unfindable. If anyone knows of a decent download, I'd be glad to learn.

Casavir
December 5th 2018


2430 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's pretty ridiculous that this has never been reissued.

DePlazz
December 5th 2018


1215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yes.

And now to garner some post hoc attention for this forgotten gem.

Casavir
December 5th 2018


2430 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

inb4 Cyclotron gives this a 1

DungeonBoy
December 5th 2018


5070 Comments


Did somebody say... Extol? Good review bud, checking now

DePlazz
December 5th 2018


1215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Fuck yes, thanks!

DePlazz
December 6th 2018


1215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The way the bass tackles the guitar on the fast riff after the interlude in Point Of Insanity.

Mind blown. Boner induced.

Dewinged
December 6th 2018


13064 Comments


I like that in the front page this reads as "Absurd" pointing up to the album above lol

Checking this it's easy to see where Azusa is coming from now, good stuff Plazz.


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DePlazz
December 6th 2018


1215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks Dewinged!



Attention for this is long overdue, more people should check this.

50iL
December 7th 2018


4915 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Uhhhh I need this

Digging: Absurd^2 - Absurd

50iL
December 7th 2018


4915 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh my.

DePlazz
December 7th 2018


1215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

^is that a good sign, 50iL?

50iL
December 9th 2018


4915 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I mean, I may 5 this, if that's good

DePlazz
December 9th 2018


1215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Haha, good call.

This is objectively awesome.

parksungjoon
December 9th 2018


8716 Comments


oh hey this is that album i was trying to find yesterday

DePlazz
December 9th 2018


1215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I've only been able to find it on YT, see the link at the top of the thread.



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