This is the U.K. Abyssal, as opposed to the nearly twenty other groups out there that had the same name or a variation of it. For a band that has only been around since 2011, they have a very mature sound. When I first saw the cover art for this, I thought that it was going to be yet another generic Necro Black Metal album. This isn’t Necro Black Metal at all. In fact, it’s Doomy Black/Death Metal more than anything else. The guitars are heavy as fuck, and the vocals are low-pitched Death Growls instead of the standard raspy shriek. Abyssal has more in common with Imprecation or old Corpse Molestation than they do with Burzum or Darkthrone when it comes to heaviness and brutality. The song structures are still reminiscent of Black Metal, though. If Corpse Molestation played an album’s worth of Burzum covers at half-speed, they would sound quite a bit like what Abyssal is doing. Dissonant riffing and dark atmosphere are everywhere on Novit Enim Dominus Qui Sunt Eius. The music is churning and sometimes hypnotic in its delivery (hence the Burzum reference). It makes for a bit of an unsettling experience, but ultimately I found it far more satisfying and interesting than if they had stuck by the usual conventions regarding Death or Black Metal. I would have liked to see Abyssal incorporate more Dark Ambient into their style, though. The music is already dark, but I thought that the inclusion of more horror soundtrack elements could have added another layer of evil to their sound. The U.K. has been producing some criminally underrated Black and Death Metal bands lately, and Abyssal is one more that folks should definitely check out.
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