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Abigor begins to form itself... - 60%

Chthonicisms, March 25th, 2011

Although further refining the approach that would define their career later on, Abigor manage only to be decent with this relese.

Here Abigor would make a stronger attempt towards involving overt classical influences in their music. Whereas the first track does imply possible greatness to follow, the rest of the demo is comparatively lackluster. A middle track serves as an intro/outro type piece completely unnecessary for such a short work, followed by another that is decidedly dull, and would see much better use later on as part of a LP.

The music here, as before, shows a high underlying comprehension of the nuances in making complex compositions without having them fall apart. There is certainly a lot to like here but the end result is, just as with Ash Nazg, ultimately unremarkable. Numerous moments of brilliance shine through, but are almost all contained only in the first of these tree tracks. Additionally, the problems that would plague their first few-full lengths (disunity, misplaced focus, awkward transitions) begin to show themselves on this demo, although their effect is curtailed by its brevity.

Nevertheless, for any fan of the band -or even for any curious fan of black metal- this demo will reward exploration. It shows an approach to black metal that has yet to meet further refinement by other bands, and does this to a more effective degree overall than the first demo did. Despite not being nearly as powerful as Lux Devicta Est, it does better display the bands' affinity for taking classical-derived compositions and molding them to fit into a framework for praising Satan.