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Astoundingly atmospheric. - 100%

NightmareInc, March 19th, 2006

I heard about this band through an extremely loyal friend of mine who happened to have actually lured me into the Polish metal scene. Polish death metal is of course orgasmic, but who ever heard of Polish black metal? Obviously most people on the internet who decided to review this album. I've seen oh so many reviews for this atmospheric masterpiece, and 9/10 of them were A.) 95% or higher, or B.) 100%. Get ready to be stung, because this is a fucking B.

Remember when you first got into the black metal underground and constantly percieved that feeling of greatness and accomplishmental values whenever you got a new release? I sure as hell do, and I miss that feeling oh so much. I was very, very relieved when I received this album. It starts out like most releases of this kind, with a very soft sound of nature in the background with perhaps some cymbals and a few timpani drumming sequences here and there, but is probably attempting to create an atmosphere similar to the cover art (as most black metal bands do). Now looking at the fact that the cover art is amazingly beautiful, simply implying that they create an atmosphere that fits with it is obviously saying a lot.

Quite similar to early Darkthrone releases, this album has pretty lousy production. But the production fits just right with the music. It's not too staticy, and its not too...not staticy. While we're on the subject of everything fitting well together amongst this album, why don't we take a ganderous hearing upon the vocals? The vocals are perfect and actually an extremely small amount of raspiness is present, but other than that they're just evil enough to fit in. Nothing to cry over. The riffs are absolutely mind-blowing and tend to progress into loud melodic grindy sequences, but are atmospheric? Now how could that be? Surely it's something that only few bands can incorporate into everything else going on, but Abusiveness is one of those bands who do it with a wink and a smile. No worries. The drummer for this band can be mentioned in the same sentances of people such as Flo Mounier, Hellhammer, Frost, Tomas Haake, and Zbigniew Robert Prominski, without hesitation. He can actually seem to create atmospheres with the drums, a difficult performance that few can commit (seeing that they aren't a melodic instrument).

In the end, this is one of the best atmospheric black metal albums I have EVER heard. So throw out your little Arcturus albums and get a hold of this. This band formed in 1991, and this is the only full-length they have released so far. All of their demos and EPs have lead up to this, but no pressure; it's worth the money.