Thursday, September 11, 2014

Review: Abysmal Lord - Storms of Unholy Black Mass

The origin of Abysmal Lord is widely unknown, much like the band itself. Their demo, Rehearsal MMXIII, was released in 2013 and contains four of the five tracks that appear on their 2014 EP, Storms of Unholy Black Mass. It may not seem like much for this Louisiana based four-piece to simply rerecord and reissue all but one of their initial tracks, but will this release see to it that more followers are obtained?

Genre: Death Metal, Black Metal
Release Date: August 8th, 2014
  1. Terrorist Dawn (Introwehrmacht)
  2. Gnashing of Teeth
  3. Angels of Persecution
  4. Storms View
  5. Revelation
Total Playtime: 26 minutes, 32 seconds




Rating: 8.5/10





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The origin of Abysmal Lord is widely unknown, much like the band itself. Their demo, Rehearsal MMXIII, was released in 2013 and contains four of the five tracks that appear on their 2014 EP, Storms of Unholy Black Mass. It may not seem like much for this Louisiana based four-piece to simply rerecord and reissue all but one of their initial tracks, but will this release see to it that more followers are obtained?

Storms of Unholy Black Mass is an exceedingly malevolent maelstrom of raw black metal hellfire. Brutality incarnate is unleashed through the ensuing tracks, and the vocal content is some of the most truly terrifying demonic manifestations since early Beherit and Infester albums. Their hisses and gurgles cause the listener to become ensnared in visions of flame, brimstone and towering goat lords of the underground while the surrounding mayhem creates an inescapable, thick atmosphere.

A plethora of wild, ethereal solos electrify the landscape behind the guitar and vocal tracks; the element becomes progressively eclipsing with each passing song. "Revelations" is a prime example of the impact that the lead guitar has, as by this point there are whammy squeals so powerful that it sounds as if the guitarist may break his instrument at any given moment. The rhythm guitar is barely distinguishable against the onslaughting stampede of drums, however when it's heard clearly the chords have an uncompromising abyssal sound. The riffs themselves aren't overly creative, but they do the job in keeping the crusty, dry surrounding pounding away.


The production quality is greasy and raw, which causes the audio to be muffled. As mentioned previously, this feature makes it difficult to separate the rhythm guitar and bass drum at times, but overall it compliments the style of the content. Despite the abysmal production, the drums manage to maintain their power, in fact the formulation actually helps the bass drum become thunderous. "Storms View" is a flood of cloven hoof stampeding, while "Angels of Persecution" submerges the listener in furious blast beats. Though more than just the prior, the drums often scatter tribal patterns with heavy emphasis on tom-toms and hi-hats around the content.

Abysmal Lords have delivered a brutally blasphemous blast of Satan worshiping, hell praising content within Storms of Unholy Black Mass. The production quality is raw enough to entice the elite kultists to partake in the ritual, while the thick, visually provocative content will appeal to the majority of black metal enthusiasts. A perfect entry to the collective discography of hell infernal, don't bypass your chance to pick up this grotesque 12".

Digital Download Provided by: Hell's Headbangers Records

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