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THE QUINTESSENCE OF SATAN
black metallers ABIGOR
offer their most intimidating breakneck album yet. Thurisaz has assumed
vocals with Silenius' departure, but this forges little change to the
style. It took me about a month of frequent listening to understand what
was going on in CHANNELING's eight tracks. They are a blur, as guitarist
Kubak shows little concern that many will find his riffs unmemorable,
which ironically is their biggest strength. They are well written and
stunningly precise, layered with a frenetic lead guitar and an almost
as frenzied rhythm. The next riff is always a surprise. Their complexity
runs circles around memory, but again, that's the incentive to keep listening.
explodes into hyperspeed, carried by some very pummeling snare hits. The
drums and rhythm guitar got the shaft on the last ABIGOR,
an oversight corrected this time around. The synth fundamental to SUPREME
IMMORTAL ART is absent here, as though it was never a part of ABIGOR.
Still present are very brief ambient intros and interludes which establish
a strong atmosphere, reminiscent of the OPUS IV album. Initial listens
aren't without their instant observations, such as the piercing guitar
work opening "Pandemonic Revelation," the blistering speed revival
that ends "Demon's Vortex," and the final track which despite
its mere three sections remains evasive thanks to a little production
experimentation. With more listening, you will find a very satisfying
forty-one minute journey into labyrinthian high speed composition, unique
in black metal and true to ABIGOR.
This review copyright 1999 E.C.McMullen Jr.
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