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Abigor - Apokalypse - 68%

Technogoat, October 27th, 2006

After four successful releases bountiful with melody and a rewarding sense of subtle elegance, Austrian Black Metal trio Abigor opted to issue a brief discharge of simplistic and chaotic angst through this, their second EP. With a duration of just under eighteen minutes, consisting of only six songs and mixed in mere hours ‘for ultimate raw apocalyptic Black Metal listening pleasure exclusively’, this release is undeniably a truly primitive piece of work.

Opening with the furiously paced “Celestial”, the production immediately brings to mind classic Bathory and Darkthrone, yet the torturous vocals of Silenius add a more harsh and aggressive edge and lend a certain originality to the overall sound, which Abigor have always essentially possessed. However, the second track, “Verwüstung”, continues at extreme pace and is crammed full of intricate riffs played at rapid speeds…as is the third track…and the fourth…and so on. Ultimately, it becomes noticeable that this EP is substandard for such a renowned force within the Black Metal scene. A lack of variation and often lethargic arrangements lead to a relative loss of interest. The eighteen-minute running time of this release is in fact a positive aspect, as the band perhaps use this to highlight the temporary nature of their transformed direction. Evidently, by producing such a grim creation, they fulfilled their desires to rekindle the old flames of this genre, as following releases were again satiated with innovation and quality.

Whilst “Apokalypse” may appeal to Black Metal fans constantly striving for another piece of “Transilvanian Hunger”, it fails to make the same impact that previous, and indeed, later Abigor releases made. With the band’s other efforts being of such a high calibre, the need, at this stage, for such a drastic change in sound seems wholly unnecessary and questionable.

Originally written for http://www.blastwave.co.uk