The more time
passes, the more I become selective and therefore it's rarer that a
band can be able to surprise me. This Italian/English band based in
the almighty London has done it! Yes, they've made a great job, particularly
regarding the very refined production, the involving guitar and drum
work, the way their proposal has been assembled. I mean, it's not original
but it's an important step onwards to the limits that an extreme genre
like Black metal ends up with imposing a world of bands; well, Abgott
haven't fallen into this trap!
What we're dealing with is the follow-up of the self-titled debut CD,
and it's opened by a satanic intro in the vein of Goblin, rich of keyboards,
though the rest of the songs isn't. The lyrics of the songs and their
titles are in Italian or old English, and some titles contain Italian
and English words on the reverse, like "oruscolledovreS Azaraq's
Fizala Tales", a fast and skillful song with evil vokills sustained
by necessary backup vocals, making it sound very Immortal.
After a hallucinated interlude is "lanrutcoN Nyarlathotep",
again reminding me of Immortal with fierce backing screams, there's
place for an acceleration peculiar to Cradle of Filth, and then they
become close to Enthroned. Space vocals and then satanic ones characterize
the nth interlude preceding "The Eye Yog-sothoth",
using again the formula Immortal and most wicked backup vocals but also
inserting excellent death riffs in the middle. The following interlude
is near MZ412 and comes before the more braked "From Thy Beyond
Shub-Niggurath", which contains a few twisted riffs as well.
This is the song that best represents the transposition of the Necronomicon
into music as stated in the Italian combo's intentions. A deafening
whistle with some keyboard lines in the background is the introduction
to "areN anuL aL ottoS ailgattaB Hastur": pure evil
Black metal with progressive elements, that is that it's loyal to the
tradition but also adds interventions and structures untypical for this
style, and then closes with some Classical Metal crossbred with Black,
on the trail of the latest Mayhem and Satyricon.
More than 7 minutes of madness compound the free low-fi Black with keyboards
of "Nominato Essere Deve Non Colui HtohtazA", while
the closure is entrusted to a short track ("Thy Evocation Cthulhu")
of extreme electronic music/Black metal akin to Aborym recovering some
invocations for an unholy ritual already used before.
Usually I find some faults in Italian bands, this is one of those exceptions
that should be exported if they were still in Italy (but of course I'm
happy for their relocation in the UK and I wholly agree with their choice
that's rewarded them as everyone can note).
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 02/2/04