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Review: Abysmal - The Plague
The Plague

Label: Independent
Year released: 2007
Duration: 27:11
Tracks: 4
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: November 3, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Plague

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)

More atmospheric Black Metal from Italy's Abysmal. The style here is different than on "333": This is more "doomy" and melancholic, putting the emphasis on the atmosphere rather than the shrieking guitars this time around. The keyboards are more present here as a result, but there's no actual keyboard wankery - the keyboard work is very quiet and relaxing, full of sorrowful melodies. The vocals are still undecipherable and basically the same style, but they are more discreet, losing themselves behind the music. One thing "The Plague" has in common with "333" is that it is monotonous overall - not that much difference between each song, to me it feels like a long song with a few breaks of a couple of seconds. :) Despite this, the CD has some "repeat play" appeal for when I'm in the mood for something that's both relaxing and slightly horror-like (think of the type of music you'd hear in a horror movie based on suspense rather than gore) and depressing at the same time. Doomy atmospheric Black Metal that actually works. Good stuff.

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