This band reminds me a lot of Burzum. Not early Burzum but sort of middle period Burzum, around the Hvis Lysett Tar Oss or Filosofem era. The riffs are simplistic, the drumming is simplistic and all of the songs are well over the 5-minute mark in terms of length. Of the four songs here, the shortest is 7 1/2 minutes long and the longest clocks in at almost eighteen. The general feeling around this whole album is depression or melancholy - though I get the feeling that things were supposed to be a bit more grim and nihilistic when you look at the album title and the song lyrics. If driving you to suicide was the idea, Abyssic Hate is a bit too upbeat. I think bands like Evoken or Avernus are much more depressing and suicide inducing than this, for the simple reason that they are able to capture that particular vibe better. This is not to say that Abyssic Hate isn’t good at what they’re doing. In fact, this is a very solid album that has a good sound and captures the feelings of melancholy and emptiness fairly well. Not suicide inducing, but fans of middle period Burzum, the first Long Voyage Back album and Judas Iscariot will find this a worthy addition to their collections.
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