“Look, Here Comes the Dark!”

By Dr. Abner Mality

I haven’t heard a post-metal project on this massive a scale since “The Gallilean Satellites” by Rosetta about 15 years ago. Not even The Ocean’s “Pelagic” compares to this double sized epic of apocalyptic destruction.

I am far from a huge fan of post-metal, but I do have respect for bands with a huge vision and the musical ability to bring it to life. That’s what won me over here. Switzerland’s Abraham have conjured an immense epic about the end of mankind on Earth, the rise of a world dominated by fungus and the eventual extinction of all life on this rock we primates call Earth. It’s a 19 track odyssey that wends its way through a lot of sonic textures before ending as something all-engulfing and annihilatory. There’s a lot of the jangling guitar work and soft/hard dichotomy we’ve come to expect from this genre and a lot of it is somewhat unpleasant to hear, but it is all in the service of a mighty story and it builds and builds until you are caught in its spell.

The early tracks are full of the chaos and noise of man’s panic at his own self-destruction. This is the hardest part to make sense of. Eventually, man’s noise fades with his extinction and the plants claim the world for their own. The songs become slower, heavier and more expansive in the tradition of Rosetta and Cult of Luna. Then a type of fungal intelligence takes over the world…a change which is expressed in tunes that have a ragged jazz and psychedelic edge. Ultimately, the Earth becomes a barren rock scoured by fire and whatever living intelligence is on it is forced to depart. The last songs on this album are so heavy and stripped down that they become almost physical. Predictably, the album ends in the total cacophony of a fiery heat death.

It all fits together well. Powerful tribal drumming and ultra heavy bass nail everything down so the guitars can explore the story in myriad ways. Vocals range from total growls to clean singing, but play a lesser role than the music itself. Parts of this made my eyes glaze, but in totality, this is one monstrously huge post-metal beast that deserves to be heard and felt.