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Review: Abysmal - Above the Entry of Despair
Above the Entry of Despair

Label: Independent
Year released: 2007
Duration: 48:48
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: November 4, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Above the Entry of Despair

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)

This full length from Abysmal mixes elements from the "333" and "The Plague" EPs, marrying the doomy atmosphere of the latter with more guitars this time around, the keyboards taking the last row seat like on "333." Atmosphere-wish, this is closer to "The Plague", as this is nearly 49 minutes of bone-chilling, agonizing, depressing doomified atmospheric Black Metal, unlike "333" which had a little more "action", music-wise. The vocals are just as freaky as the music - very low screeches that almost sound like a distorted scream of a cougar or other such big kitty cat, and of course the vocals are just as undecipherable as on the EPs. Once again the overall album is quite monotonous, feeling like one long track. After mentioning this, the sole band member has indicated that he likes riffs that go one forever, giving an hypnotic feel. Well, knowing that, I can say that he's pretty much nailed this one right. Bottom line, if you're looking for a lot of diversity in an album, you won't find it in Abysmal's material. On the other hand, if you're looking for some depressing-yet-relaxing (well, you mileage may vary on the "relaxing" part ;)), then this might just be right up your alley.

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