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Excellent funeral doom - 85%

lord_ghengis, September 17th, 2010

Abstract Spirit are pretty close to being the best new band in the funeral doom right now, sure they don't have the legacy of some of the older bands, but so far their two releases are both of superb quality. This debut album is pretty much a traditional affair, it features heavier keyboard work and less emphasis on guitars than the superior follow up, but everything from sound, pacing to atmosphere is ideal.

On Liquid Dimensions Change the band play a style of very slow doom based mainly around big slow riffs, and most of the variation and excitement is delivered through the use of orchestral keyboard work, however unlike most of these newer bands they don't lack momentum. Abstract Spirit don’t create a droney washed out crawl, they have a slow marching funeral procession and it's simply fantastic. The band never feel stationary in their music, there is always a feeling of movement and direction to what they do, and it makes the band feel like something special compared to most modern funeral doom bands.

The album is quite a bit more orchestral than Tragedy and Weeds, with the guitars sticking to big droning chords and the keys providing a much more important level of grandeur to the whole experience, but at the same time it's careful to not get bogged down, thanks to excellently paced drumwork and occasional switches up in riffs. Lead work is present here, but it is used in a much dirtier and subtle manner, almost backing up the power of the orchestration rather than building it's own path. This isn't a pretty, melodic affair, it's a dreary march of out and out funeral doom.

The keys have an archaic, aged feel to them which adds a level of mysticism to the whole experience. Like most bands of the style, Skepticism stands out as a clear influence, but even then the album feels to move around a lot more. The Ea like sense of melody used on the bands sophmore release is largely ignored here, so this does fall into the trappings of being easy to ignore as 'just another Skeptism clone', but the band has something about them that helps them stand out as being better than most.

The production job on Liquid Dimensions Change is exquisite for a debut and would be suitable for any doom band no matter how many releases they'd had. The guitars are dirtier and more distorted than the bands next release, which fits in well for the less guitar driven music. The drums thud pretty flatly with a lot of power, which helps them drive the music forward without becoming dominant at all. And as mentioned, the keys successful get that medieval vibe that Skepticism really trademarked rather than simply being pretty or orchestral; they really give the whole experience a haunting and ancient vibe which suits the genre perfectly. Finishing off the package are the exceptional vocals of À.K. iEzer which gurgle and echo around the rest of the sound perfectly. Uncompromisingly harsh yet still fitting in with the morbid march the band is on.

To be fair, this release is pretty unassuming, it has very little that will really grab a seasoned doom listener, but the execution of the pretty standard ideas is fantastic. Don't expect anything you haven't heard before, but expect it to be better than most of it.