The guitar sound is very raw and brutal with a sharp edge and the keyboard effects are bright and glittering in an evil way. Then come a slow tolling of bells, and a few deformed organ chords surface above the overall racket – as a ghost of altered belief and a contra to religious exaltation. I don’t know how much time I have been sitting here trying to understand what the back of the CD says. TricksterGRex July 3rd Comments. Numerous combinations of sound thus achieved become as additional musical instruments, creating a recursive state wherein echoes of previously sung vocals generate a background for the rest track A compilation of Abruptum’s early material. The best track is perhaps track 11 which leads off with swirling deranged synths into yet another trundle of directionless guitar and gloppy monster utterances by this time, IT must be underwater with the microphone and keyboard tones flitting about the edges.
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What makes this album different from the band’s later ones is that the length of its tracks is standard and only one track is longer than five minutes.
The production is as good as can be expected with demo stage underground metal, but still has enough clarity to easily decipher each instrument and allows their low end, chunky, bassy sound to creep and crawl along at optimum levels of filth.
Might listen to this though. Personally I can’t get enough of the primitive filth found on this album, and I even enjoy their three follow-ups which are even less inviting and listener friendly. If hell exists, it sounds like this. Yet the way in which the physical act is perceived hints of something deeper, mental and much more terrible. Heard of the band never bothered to pursue. Numerous combinations of sound thus achieved become as additional musical instruments, creating a recursive state wherein echoes of previously sung vocals generate a background for the rest track At times the vocals are a little too over the top, most especially the seemingly homoerotic moaning in the beginning of the ninth track.
While on later albums they would degenerate into an almost completely improvisational cacophony, at this stage they had some semblance of song structure. Abruptum’s “Evil Genius” compilation constitutes their most accessible and coherent efforts and is ideal for a new listener.
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Plus I’m fairly certain it’s been at least a year since I last heard these guys so my opinion may have changed. This actually indicates a high level of intense concentration on the part of the musicians because however out-of-control everything seems to get, it never really collapses totally, it all still hangs together by a string and a bit of duct tape.
For the recent fans or people who haven’t listened to anything by this band, this svil is a must have due to its historical, musical and as I mentioned above, collective importance.
NausikaDalazBlindazMay 22nd, I don’t know how much time I have been sitting here trying to understand what the back of the CD says. Vocals are whispers arising to hideous shrieks; in times accompanied by strange crackling noises – that of its source I dared not guess.
On the whole the baruptum is a low rumbling and spastically shifting cacophony of oddities, and possesses an original, off the wall and zany sound I really dig. The vocals alternate between low grunts, high pitched screams and weird moanings and groanings intended to convey the sounds of torture some have claimed that singer All was actually tortured during some of their recordings to produce genuine screams.
Tweet Recent reviews by this author. For it makes the fact that the release is actually a compilation almost unrecognizable.
Write your own review. Regardless, they’re still an extremely bizarre and abrasive group, and the criticisms and attacks against them are understandable considering their aesthetic, style and sound are generally difficult tenius stomach.
While most people will either laugh or cringe at these guys, there are some who dig the most uncompromisingly harsh stuff around regardless of the goofs who make it. There is no definite structure or flow to the songs, nor recurring pattern. The best track is perhaps track 11 which leads off with swirling deranged synths into yet another trundle of directionless guitar and gloppy monster utterances by this time, IT must be underwater with the microphone and keyboard tones flitting about the edges.
And whom remembrance highlights the uncomfortable strangeness beneath the almost familiar.
On the whole the album is a low rumbling shifting cacophony of oddities, and possesses an original, off the wall and zany sound I really dig. Evil is slashing away at grnius guitar as if he couldn’t give a fuck about playing it properly and the drumming begins to slow down to the level where it’s falling apart. The next time I will come across a Black Metal release or any kind of release with so long titles especially when they are written in LatinI swear I will find the band and make its members eat the fucking album!
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The spoken Southern Lord release also includes a recent preface and background to the music written by IT, which is quite a treat to anyone who desires to explore what lies behind the music, and this one is given through a retrospective view of the musician himself. Abruptum remain yenius weird little gem in my eyes and I’ll continue to feast my ears on this unearthly masterpiece.
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July 2nd Comments. The guitars and special effects take on a malevolent life of their own and only the sloppy drumming holds everything together – but only just.