ABDUNOR - APOCRYPHAL (Mighty Music / Target Productions)
(Review by Officer Nice)
It was a time ago I had the chance to review an album from a Black Metal band. As Iíve told you before this kind of Metal was a late call to me. Not that I am the biggest fan but some good Black Metal can please me. The entire culture after this genre is at least fascinating. Especially that ultra-dark atmosphere can bring me in some kind of special mood. Not that every band is able to give me those dark thoughts and visionsÖ I am aware also this genre became victim of the commercialisation of Metal.
Abdunor is a band from Denmark. Although this band was formed in the most glorious era of Black Metal they never came any further than releasing an EP. I suppose that probably made them legendary for lots of fans of old school underground Black metal from the second wave. Weíre talking about the year 1998 and this one is their first effort ever since. Abdunor is a band with two members, Horror (Steffen Holm) is responsible for the drums and Inferior (Jesper Fejerskov) for the guitars, bass, keyboards and the vocals. Inferior is in other words the main musician and is responsible for the song writing as well.
This album contains almost anything a good Black Metal album demands on 8 songs. Itís dark, evil, vicious and atmospheric, it contains the ideal samples to maintain cold shivers and at some points itís the perfect music for an underground Horror movie. Inferior seems to be a good song writer and above that he handles his instruments very good. The guitars are very well played, riffing is good and both musicians did a very good job. Inferior knows how to create ultimate Black music and the varied arrangements are very well tasted. I mention this because I am not the biggest fan of those ultra-fast drum parts and blast beats Especially in Black Metal I adore those mid tempo and even slow parts. These tracks are full of them and Inferiorís grunts are ideal for them.
Abdunor should have been a much bigger band if I hear this release. I donít know what actually went wrong with these guys but this kind of Black Metal is easy comparable with the bigger bands of the genre. The production is very good, professional in every detail although I am aware that die- hard Black Metal fans are not fond of a good production. I am, it makes the band sound stronger, more overwhelming and thatís exactly what this kind of music needs. Although Black metal is often undefined, musical wise, Adbunor keeps clear red lines in their music. It means thereís more than a blink of an eye to the roots of true Heavy Metal.
I didnít hear much weaknesses on this record and the way the atmosphere is built on this one must convince lots of fans of extreme Metal to purchase this one. Fans of Immortal, Dimmu Borgir etc. can buy this one blindfolded. Abdunor might not become big when the ĎBlackí iron was hot in the nineties but I am convinced this release will mostly receive good reviews. Black Metal from the highest level if you would ask me! Check http://www.abdunor.com .
My Points: 89 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic OnesÖ a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish