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Monday, October 19, 2015

Review: Absolutus - Pugnare In Iis Quae Obtinere Non Possis


If Absolutus' new album was inspired by books of old, perhaps the works of M. Fabii and his descriptions of the Oratorio, remains vague. Nevertheless, this Belgian avant-garde black metal formation does not shun the elusive in her lyrics and theme.

What seems to be Absolutus' third official production, released by the A.E.R. record label, is certainly a dive in the deep. Filled with ambient soundscapes and muffled vocals, obscurity is trump.

Let's discuss the musical tenor. The opening-track Abyssus Abyssum Invocat, which may be translated with 'the deep calls', is an imaginary soundscape of something that might be interpreted as a hybrid of the fires combined with some kind of musical machinery coming from a chasm. This wave lasts 4 minutes and warms up the listener for the first song containing guitar, bass-guitar, drums and vocals. It's title contains a nice pun; Sunt Verba Et Voces Praetereaque Nihil which can be translated with 'In addition, there are no words nor voices'.

Throughout the album we won't find guitar-solos or complex guitar- and bassriffs. It is apparent that Absolutus seeks to achieve musical gratification through simplicity. Fitting blastbeats, interspersed with slow tempo riffs form a fitting and smooth backbone for this album. Track seven refers to the Oratorio with a recording of what seem to be Gregorian chants.

The absence of understandable lyrics is a minus. Hopefully, the lyrics will be added in the booklet so the listener will be able to fully understand the album's thematics. If you don't care so much for understandable lyrics but are looking for a dark musical trip with an existentialistic undertone, I most certainly recommend you give this album a shot.

Written by Dave Blummel

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