January 28, 2010

Absu - Tara

Genre(s) - Black/thrash metal
Origin - United States of America
Year of release - 2001
Bitrate - 192 kbps
Size - 69.12 MB

Celtic-Sumerian occult blackened thrash metal, from Texas of all places. Quite unique stuff, with a very dry, trebly production that highlights the insane drumming of Sir Proscriptor McGovern and not much more. It really does not lend a good atmosphere to the music and that is a pity, because when it comes to songwriting, Absu are a fairly sophisticated bunch (much more so than what the genre blackened thrash would probably convey) and the individual tracks are strong and bound to linger in the mind for a while. Tracks like A Shield with an Iron Face and "She Cries the-eh Qui-yet Lay-hay-hake!" could be called positively catchy, while the Stone of Destiny shows a more epic side. The new album has a better production and atmosphere but I liked the songs less, maybe I need to get used to it some more though.
  1. Tara
  2. Pillars of mercy
  3. A shield with an iron face
  4. Mannanán
  5. The cognate house of courtly witches lies west of county Meath
  6. She cries the quiet lake
  7. Yrp Lluyddawc
  8. From ancient times (starry skies burn to ash)
  9. Four crossed wands (spell 181)
  10. Vorago (spell 182)
  11. Bron (of the waves)
  12. Stone of destiny for Magh Slecht and Ard Righ
  13. Tara (recapitulation)
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  1. I didn't really like the few Absu tracks I heard in the past (I think maybe it had to do with the percussion focus?), but I've heard many good things and I'd like to try it again.

  2. I can imagine the drums put people off. Proscriptor has a real talent but you might say he shows it all too eagerly.