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Review: Abusus - Lichter, Gedanken, & Lieder
Lichter, Gedanken, & Lieder

Label: Wod Van
Year released: 2005
Duration: 33:58
Tracks: 5
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: October 12, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Lichter, Gedanken, & Lieder

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Another gem from the mysterious WOD-VAN label in Germany. Abusus are a two-man project dedicated to the romantic nationalist poet Walter Flex, who died in WW1 and whose posthumous masterwork The Wanderer Between Both Worlds was later quite popular with Nazis. Not an odd fixation for a German Black Metal band, if you think about it.

Whatever their lyrical focus, Abusus are all about riff-oriented Black Metal with more than a passing similarity to Faustcoven. They do play faster than that, but a lot of this is similarly slower or midpaced groove with some faster parts, and the dry but fuzzy guitar tone is similar. This disc has a very complete feel to it, starting as it does with storm and rain sound effects that are interspersed between every song, making this feel like a solid, self-contained work. The riffs here are just excellent, and slow or fast, Abusus are solidly enjoyable. Vocals are the expected croaky growl, less raspy than nordic bands usually go for, and they complement the music perfectly.

This is limited to 333 copies, so scramble if you want one. Mine is apparently number 133, if I'm reading that right, and has a single-sheet booklet apparently made with a copy machine. And friends, if there is anything more kvlt than a hand-numbered limited-edition Black Metal CD with a xeroxed booklet, I don't know what it is. This disc is a bit short, at only 33 minutes, but it is cool. Recommended.

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