Genre: Black Metal/Avant-garde
Label: Avantgarde Music
ABIGOR is the typical case of an artist that, even though I hold them in high regard, I seldom choose to listen to something of their own. And if I do, I would prefer something from their 90’s era -and especially the ‘Orkblut – The Retaliation’, the EP that was released back in 1995- but that does not mean that I do not appreciate their later works; For example, I really liked ‘Leytmotif Luzifer (The 7 Temptations of Man)’.
Now, about the ‘Höllenzwang (Chronicles of Perdition)’, the tenth Austrians’ release is quite experimental -much more than its predecessor- so much that several times drifts apart from the black metal style, and even though it starts ambitious then it slackens, to peak again in the final part. The awkward about the whole thing is that listening to that, a deeply epic, warlike feeling possessed me, which is inexplicable, since it musically walks on more mysterious and dark paths. The music ideas are mostly good, but what underwhelmed me is the sound of the guitars, because despite its massive and tight, on the other hand it feels so ‘lifeless’; it seems so digital and without the required ‘sweetness’ of a lead guitar, which would fit together with the overall production of the album.
The part I want to dwell upon is the amazing vocals of Silenius (Summoning), whose performance behind Abigor’s microphone is once again outstanding, either screaming full of repulsion and hatred or when having a more virulent style, as if spitting up bile. If the sound on guitars is the Achilles’ heel of the album, the vocals are the highlight; the extra boost that is needed so, after all, the final result becoming interesting.
In its entirety, ‘Höllenzwang (Chronicles of Perdition)’ is a release that I would describe that from fair to good, but unfortunately it cannot reach -at least- the standards of Leytmotif Luzifer (The 7 Temptations of Man), as many were expecting.