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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Review: Abisso - WRNSS

Abisso’s debut album is an absolute killer! Grounded in post-black metal, the album has a great balance between pitch-black heaviness and melodic guitar parts. The deathgrowls are massive and, in my opinion, more accessible than the vocals of –in a sense- comparable bands like Deathspell Omega and Lurker of Chalice. Going for this comparison, the sound feels less rough, a bit more polished than the afore mentioned bands. It makes me feel like listening to early Black Heart Rebellion with a heavier heartbeat.

The album is divided into five songs, artistically named I, II, III, IV and V. The choice for these names can be explained by the thematic unity of the song. Only III has a lighter feel in atmosphere, due to a different mix with less bass and body. The other four songs sound, though different, as different parts of one whole. IV has the biggest differences in softness versus loudness. The song has some sort of schizophrenic feel to it.

The album as a whole has a way of wanting to be listened to over and over again. Due to the unity in sound, it can go on and on, without being boring in any way. For a debut this is a great album for a band that really knows what kind of sound they want to bring over. With full commitment they spread their gospels of darkness, leaving you with an empty feeling that can only be filled with another go of the album.

Written by Martijn Bakker

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