ABSU - Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L. CD

ABSU - Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L. CD

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DARK SYMPHONIES is honored to reissue ABSU's debut masterpiece Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L. This ultimate CD edition of cult, 90's Mystical occult metal has been newly mastered for CD from the original DAT Tape recently supplied by Proscriptor specifically for this release. Quotes Proscriptor in regards to the sound of the the new master: "I just scrutinized the album in its entirety and it is nothing more than pulverizing! Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L has never sounded ANY better".

Rather than cluttering this reissue with non essential bonus tracks, we decided to keep the album as a standalone as to not interrupt the flow and the power of the music.

This CD features the original Gothic Records cover illustration by Tim Phillips, as well as the original Osmose Productions band photo cover. To retain the classic feel of the original 1993 release, the booklet is designed in the spirit of the original CD / LP layouts with attention to detail even down to the original typeface! Also, included is a CD sized version of the 12 page booklet from the original 3 LP box set, featuring many exclusive band photos and extensive liner notes by Proscriptor.

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US Black thrashers Absu are usually known for the three recordings following this while this one is usually tagged as generic. Who can blame the average person, after all, those albums were so good they made this one look bad. Well let me tell you, this isn't anywhere near bad.


Here we have about 7 tracks amounting to 30 minutes worth of music. The first one is what I refer to as the kind which is to get you into the mood and atmosphere. I think each black metal record should have one as it takes a couple of minutes for the listener to actually be able get into the thing and adapt his mind (and body? :P) to the corrosive and diabolic sound, so different from every other form of music. Here, my wishes have been taken care of.

It is after that that we are able to luxuriate in demoniacal beauty of black metal, whose portrayal by this band in this album is above satisfactory, contrary to popular belief. Proscriptor's much celebrated and acclaimed drumming can be heard here along with a bunch of good power chord riffs. The speed is unfortunately a tab bit slower than what you probably know Absu for, but surprisingly the fact won't disappoint you at all.

-shantanupatni1991, February 19th, 2009 - Metal Archives