I have accumulated many personal reviews while listening to albums. My reviewing style is non-conventional and was only intended for myself. Sometimes I will only use one sentence to describe an album if I feel that is all that's required. Other times I will review an album while I'm still listening to it, leading to a song-by-song review of the album (bringing the size of the review to nearly dissertation-level). There are times when I will even come back to a review to add information that I didn't know when originally writing the review. The point is that I won't edit my reviews to make them more readable or conventional. My reviews are always a direct result of what I was feeling when I wrote them and I want to let that feeling come through.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Absu - Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L. [1993]

Definitely ahead of its time. It's got a bit of Death Metal influence in the song structure and the way that it jumps violently from riff to riff. However, there are elements of jazz and operatic vocals as well. The production quality is far superior to what you'd expect from a Black Metal band in 1993; especially one from the U.S. The drumming is incredible. The keys and effects are used sparingly, but very well. Serious props for a damn-good debut album and being ahead of their time.

Rating: 7.5


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