"Hollenzwang" (Chronicles of Perdition)

By Octopi Mills

Ah, how I lost touch with old Abigor like nearly all black metal bands who lost the old demo sound and feeling. This seems to sound more natural than some previous things and has the attack and fast pace of some of said things. The vocals are of the evil variety, the possessed man who is insane and is to be held at arm's distance. Abigor have composed something evil sounding more like a return to older days perhaps-  more so than in a long while, and this will be found to be to the liking of many of the listeners of old.

 Plenty of references to Satan will be found as this deals with the theme of Dr. Faustus' book of infernal compulsions and the black arts. There are as many black metal names of bands as the demons and devils from which their names were plucked from the old bastard arts of Solomon himself...whether counterfeit or not, this says something of the nature of men in itself. The album is a wild affair of devilish madness  performed with the passion of someone hallucinating off of henbane or belladonna under a night sky. Vocals capture the medieval atmosphere where human theatrics and the demonic aspects are sabbatical together. "Satan's Breath" is performed with such devotion. As the promo states:

     "In the band own words, Höllenzwang “was recorded without a single blastbeat, without multi-guitar madness or downtuned disharmonic riffing. String wise, minimalism was the law - only one guitar left, one guitar right, and a bass in the middle. Not one single additional guitar-track to add melodies or double-tracks. Lyrically, all hocus pocus and theological pondering was avoided. It´s not an album of a seeker, or about one´s initiation, or to lecture, but about the Devil and the Devil only! An impulsive work stripped down to the very basics that maybe could have been released in the 1990s. This technical restriction as well as a focus on the the evil force that sparked Black Metal ablaze at the beginning of the 90s also torched our work again.”

I must conclude that this sounds quite to be the formula and case here, and one knows something is going on quite early on. The old torch they once held has caused to come aglow again and to make the sparks of witchcraft spit, bitch, and sparkle for them once more.