ABSU - "Absu"

by Dr. Abner Mality

Absu's return is one of the most anticipated events in the extreme metal underground this year. The mystical Texans have been out of action for a long time, but to give credit where it's due, never did Proscriptor McGovern say that Absu had packed it in. So therefore this is not a lame "reformation", but rather a long-awaited retooling of the band.

Always in their own bizarre world, the self-titled disc sees Absu as independent and hard to categorize as ever. The 13 cuts here are blisteringly fast, often complex and featuring some unique prog-rock type touches that really shake things up. But as many times as I have listened to this, there seems to be something missing. Listening to "Absu" in its entirety left me actually bored in spots. It's very hard to put a finger on. The oldschool, very dry sounding production will throw off those used to 21st century digital smoothness, but I loved the early 90's sound, so that's not an impediment to me. Perhaps its the overabundance of speed. I do think a moodier touch would have helped now and then. A little more oddness like the amazingly off-kilter synth solo that popped up on the mammoth fourth track or the rocking oldschool guitar solos on "Ye Utukku Spells". And I am always boggled by how Proscriptor can drum with such speed and precision while unleashing long vocal passages full of four dollar words.

There's really no reason any Absu fan that enjoyed their long ago release "Tara" wouldn't get into this. But I just couldn't. Just one of those inexplicable quirks of personality, I guess...

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