Abbath
Outstrider


3.0
good

Review

by TheNotrap USER (27 Reviews)
July 4th, 2019 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Walking around in circles

Abbath is one of those characters who needs no introduction. Former frontman of almighty Immortal, Olve Eikemo is undoubtedly one of the greatest black metal icons. His Gene Simmons / King Diamond-esque corpse paint has become a symbol of the genre, inspiring generations of demonic followers and even fictional bands like Belzebubs. But Abbath's contribution goes far beyond aesthetics, albums like Pure Holocaust, At the Heart of Winter or Sons of Northern Darkness are among the best releases the genre has to offer.

Due to his overly extroverted personality, Abbath gradually became a caricature of himself. If, on the one hand, made him a well-known and picturesque character, on the other hand, left him more susceptible to all kinds of humorous memes. And when people stop being taken seriously, they lose credibility. By this, I don't mean he missed the boat, but it made things a little more difficult for him. When he left Immortal in 2015, to embrace a solo career, there was a fringe of the metal community that looked at this new cycle with distrust and some discomfort. In this sense, it was no wonder the self-titled debut album had such a mixed reception. Its more mainstream approach was an insult to some, and a pleasant surprise to others, like me, who found it interesting and somehow fresh.

It's in this divisive context that Outstrider comes to life.

"Calm in Ire of Hurricane", the album's opener, with its acoustic intro and subsequent "All Shall Fall-esque" vibe, tells us Outstrider seeks for a stronger link to the past than its predecessor. Although the song is nothing out of the ordinary, it has the merit of being a solid introduction to what's to come. The next two songs, "Bridge of Spasms" and "The Artifex", respectively, are a blackened thrash assault, in which I would highlight the verses' straightforward ferocity, that reinforce the album's rawest approach. Outstrider now arrives at full speed to "Harvest Pyre", the album's first single and a personal favorite. This song captures Immortal's epic post-At the Heart of Winter feeling, featuring an interesting solo that explores a more traditional heavy metal formula. "Harvest Pyre" is certainly nothing we haven't heard before, but it's still a solid jam, and a good choice for first single. The second half doesn't bring great surprises, the formula remains unchanged. Songs such as "Land of Khem", "Scythewinder" or "Hecate" bring Abbath closer to Immortal (of the new millennium), but without presenting freshness or above-average quality. The mid-paced title track may be the one closest to the previous album, but unfortunately it also goes down the path of predictability. Outstrider closes with a tribute to Quorton, as if Abbath wanted to remind us where he comes from, and what this album represents.

Abbath's newborn creature will certainly not plunge the world into darkness, nor will it conquer it, but it shouldn't be completely ignored either. Although predictable and somewhat uninspired, Outstrider is still a genuine attempt to grab the past, and win back some lost fans. I personally would prefer a step forward, without fear, without looking back, but sometimes an artist gets stuck at a crossroads, without knowing which direction to take. Outstrider intends to overcome something, when deep down it's walking around in circles.

I'll be waiting for the next album to go in a better direction.



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TheNotrap
July 4th 2019


11600 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Some thoughts about the new Abbath.



You guys can stream the full album here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZ3qh-k90kQ

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BigPleb
July 4th 2019


59540 Comments


No surprise that this is pedestrian, last album was eventless as well.

Good rev though NoTrap, pos.

TheNotrap
July 4th 2019


11600 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks man ;)

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
July 4th 2019


9796 Comments


Solid review, sounds rather average to me and your concluding statement is very strong: capturing the past is nice and all, but taking too much from it leads to stagnation.

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TheNotrap
July 4th 2019


11600 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks Mars.



Artistically, he's in a period of some uncertainty. At least it was my interpretation.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 4th 2019


9857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Rating too low ; ]



Well-thought review. Echoing Mars' thoughts here.



"This song captures Immortal's epic post-At the Heart of Winter feeling, featuring an interesting solo that explores a more traditional heavy metal formula. "Harvest Pyre" is certainly nothing we haven't heard before, but it's still a solid jam, and a good choice for first single."



This track is what gave the extra .5 for me, I do find your opinion of Immortal-esque vibes very much spot on.

TheNotrap
July 5th 2019


11600 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks Nocte.



Yeah, Harvest Pyre is indeed a nice jam.

I had some trouble rating the album. Sometimes it went to 2.5, sometimes it got close to 3.5, when I focused only on the most interesting moments. The middle ground seemed the most appropriate to me.

garas
July 5th 2019


1485 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Your summary about Abbath is perfect. I'll jam this today.

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TheNotrap
July 5th 2019


11600 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks garas



Let us know what you think.

garas
July 5th 2019


1485 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well, it was fine, nothing mind-blowing. I liked 'Outstrider' & 'Scythewinder' the most, the rest of the songs are a bit forgettable. The acoustic parts added a lot to the overall feel! I'm not disappointed, because I expected something like this.

Azog
July 5th 2019


225 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's a god damn snooze fest.

tenderscum
July 5th 2019


40 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I don't know if it's the desire to change sounds or the other members of Immortal were mored involved in the songwriting (post BB but even prior) than he likes to claim. This is a snooze, agreed. Same with the s/t.

Hawks
July 5th 2019


73018 Comments


First album sucked so I’m sure this does too but I’m still gonna jam.

Pos ahrd bro. m/

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garas
July 5th 2019


1485 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You won't like this at all, Hawks.

TheNotrap
July 5th 2019


11600 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks bro



It's rawer, you'll probably like it better

hansoloshotfirst
July 5th 2019


1417 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

album feels tired & uninspired as fuck.

TheNotrap
July 6th 2019


11600 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I thought the album would generate more discussion... any thoughts about Abbath's new release?

DDDeftoneDDD
July 6th 2019


6343 Comments


Hum if you gave this a 3 I wonder if I should even give it a shot. Pleasant reading (as always) and I'm somewhat intriged x)
And hey! Hawks loves belebubz so we'll only know if he goes for it.

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TheNotrap
July 7th 2019


11600 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for stopping by D

hansoloshotfirst
July 7th 2019


1417 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

There is just not much to say about this album. Couple of decent moments in an ocean of mediocrity. (and the drum sound/mixing annoys me)



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