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Blackened death needs even more derangement - 72%

NausikaDalazBlindaz, April 26th, 2016

These guys might not have a very lengthy discography but they sure put a lot of thought and care into this, their second album whose title translates as "Fight in those things that cannot possibly obtain" in English. The recording features deep and distinctive layered atmospheres of dread, similar to what obtains in Deathspell Omega's albums, along with a steely raw style of blackened death metal. OK, the music may not be very original and Absolutus bring nothing new to this table of sinister dark fusion music but at least they bring a lot of enthusiasm and a dark, creepy sound. The production on this album is clear enough and gives the music a hellish, malevolent aspect. The guitars can be searing and grating on the ears and the drumming is often thunderous and booming. The vocals are fairly clear (though they seem to be set back quite a bit in the mix) and slightly tinged with that guttural dyspeptic swamp-monster effect.

Because Absolutus stick to the straight and narrow path of melodic blackened death, I'll just pick out the songs that stick out more than the others for me. Other reviewers and listeners may beg to differ as to the best tracks. "Credo Quia Absurdum" is one early track that could be singles material, mixing up punchy riffs with stop-start percussion that deliberately trips you up all the way through with sudden blast-beat outbursts and tom-tom workouts. A cold dry airy atmosphere prevails through the song. Another stand-out, though not one for release as a single perhaps, is the ambient "Damnat Quod Non Intelligunt" that features heaving airy drone and a distant buzzing cloud of alien hornets behind the deep demonic puffing. When they do dark ambient / industrial, Absolutus do it extremely well and this is one aspect of the music they should emphasise more, much more, on future recordings. There are couple of other atmospheric pieces on the album and the outstanding one of these two is "Numen" which combines deep-space tone effects with bassy whooshes and creeping murky drone ambience.

The title track is not bad but I wish it had been more deranged than it is, even with all the insane machine 300 bpm pace and the mayhem that comes after the halfway point. The demon choir and the background monster mash-up are too far back and too brief in a song that could have had another couple of minutes of breakout chaos.

After having heard the album a few times, I find myself wishing that Absolutus reinvent themselves as an ambient industrial BM band, as their blackened death is not very outstanding once it's past the first couple of songs and the tracks that work the best happen to feature ambient music of a sinister nature in abundance. If they want to keep to their current path, they need to go to another level of demented insanity and evil to succeed. They have the technical chops, they need true unhinged and certifiable inspiration.