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Likeable introduction to eccentric Swedish band - 65%

NausikaDalazBlindaz, January 10th, 2012

This mini-album which consists of 3 tracks totalling 16-plus minutes probably isn't typical of Abruptum's style and the band might have released much better music in its 1990s heyday but it's a likeable introduction to the band. The main highlight here is the 8-minute opus "Dodsapparaten", an extremely noisy whirlwind affair closer to classic noise music than black metal and very painful on the ears. Think of the Japanese project Merzbow before it went digital or those noiseniks Hijokaidan, also from Japan, and you have a fair idea of how far from black metal, even Abruptum's bizarre take on the music, the track really is. A church bell chimes maddeningly throughout the track and somewhere in the sonic hurricane, you'll swear you can hear the sounds of someone being tortured: a pretty likely scenario with a band like Abruptum who had a reputation for dishing out punishment to vocalist IT to make him scream during recording sessions.

The title track is relatively safe black metal territory for those people who want a bit more melody and structure if only so they know how much of the CD they have to hear before the toilet break. The screaming can be pretty distressing.

At least the good thing about this EP is a nutty sense of humour spread out over the three tracks which saves the work as a whole from sounding too silly or campy.

This review is adapted from a review I originally wrote for The Sound Projector (Issue 13) in 2005.