Monday, December 29, 2014

"Temples of Offal/Return of the Ancients" LP Available For Pre-Order

Pre-Order Here

Following the tradition of our new upcoming Standard Edition LPs being presented in a straightforward yet affordable format, the Crypt is honored to reissue ABSU's 1992 masterpiece "The Temples Of Offal" plus the cult "Return Of The Ancients" demo on 12" vinyl!

The LP comes housed in a 350 gram, semi-gloss jacket featuring the original illustration by Equitant. To retain the classic feel of the original 1992 release, the LP jacket is designed in the spirit of the original EP layout with attention to detail - even down to the original typeface!

We are presenting two jacket options for collectors. First, the original positive image the way Equitant originally illustrated the cover, and second, the negative, reverse image of that as was used on the original Gothic Records EP.

As a bonus, we have included the track "Abhorred Xul," composed when Absu was still called Azathoth, previously only available on the long out of print “Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L” 3-LP box set.

Also, included in this set is a 12" x 12" two-sided lyric insert with classic band photos, ads and flyers. 300 copies will be on classic black wax, 300 on white wax, and 300 on clear wax.

Expect the same level of quality we have always presented: this time substantially less expensive and without all the bells and whistles!

Monday, November 24, 2014

ABSU Collectors Network

We invite you to join us in a new discussion group for collectors of ABSU material. It's free - click here to join in.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Gold Torques Of Ulaid Lyrics

Music: Shaftiel & Proscriptor
Lyrical Magick: Equitant (Lúnasa/August ‘96)
Lead Voice: Proscriptor
Backing Voice: Shaftiel
Lead Guitar: Shaftiel
Rhythm Guitar: Equitant
Bass Guitar: Shaftiel
Drums: Proscriptor
Recording: Nomad Studios - Carrollton, Texas - USA (12/2/96)
Production: ABSU
Executive Production: New Line Productions & London Records
Engineering: Sterling Winfield, Gary Long, & ABSU
Editing: Peter Clark

1st Verse

“I see you slippin’ away from my sight. My vision is dwindling, it can’t be the night?”
The chivalrous |1| dragoons race toward the line. They bring crocks of barley, some honey, and wine.
“I am the |2| Red Knight that charges with might! I soar like a grey hawk I’ve seen in |3| take-flight!”
The birds of prey land on the bleak river forks. In their beaks, gripping, are three bloody torques.


It’s sad to remember those sickening years that shed the tears - TORQUES OF GOLD
A dream of Earth, the dream of Seas, we rode with spears - TORQUES OF GOLD
We brace ‘em bold - TORQUES OF GOLD
We’re wise, not old - TORQUES OF GOLD

2nd Verse

The grey hawks flew in the mild, Southern wind. The champions of the |4| Red Branch Cycle defend.
“I’m |5| Ross The Red of |6| Ulaidh; I’ve never failed! I’m the son, father’s the |7| High King; we prevailed!
He saw you slippin’ away from his eyes. His sight returned, as the night filled with lies.
“I weigh anchor hoist, ocean deep, then set sail. I search for new Earth, Southern wind, and the gale.



(Lead: Shaftiel)

Proclamation (x4)

...SO FAR.

Repeat 1st Verse, Chorus, 2nd Verse, & Bridge

|1| A heavily armed cavalryman in Celtic Mythology.
|2| A warrior who was the guardian of Ulster during the days of Conchobar Mac Nessa (King Of Ulster). Cúchulainn was the most accepted of all Red Knights in Celtic mythology.
|3| The act of a winged species preparing to fly.
|4| Known as the Ulster Cycle as well. This is the great heroic cycle of Irish mythology. As far back as the Irish tradition goes, there is an enormous institute of “knighthood” within the Red Branch Cycle.
|5| Founder of the Red Branch Cycle, who wed Maga, daughter of the god Aonghus Óg. Ross The Red designed their banner, which had a yellow lion on a green field of silk.
|6| Ulster.
|7| In Irish Gaelic language, the High King was also known as the Ard Ri or Ard Righ. According to ancient, bardic king lists, these were the first and most powerful kings in Ireland until the year 1 A.D. The Anglo-Saxons referred to them as “overlords.”

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Artwork for "Telepaths Within Nin-Edin" 7" Released

Designed by Ted from The Crypt/Dark Syphonies.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Festival Appearance and Additional Re-Issue Albums Coming

ABSU will perform at the Black Flames of Blasphemy Festival on Saturday, November 15th, 2014 @ Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland.

The Crypt/Dark Symphonies have announced they will reissue all ABSU's back catalouge up to 2001's Tara in the future:

The Sun of Tiphareth - Original Recording + 2013 Remix Official Reissue 2LP

...And Shineth Unto The Cold Cometh... - Official Reissue 7" EP

The Third Storm of Cythrául - Original Recording + 2013 Remix Official Reissue 2LP

In the Eyes of Ioldánach - Official Reissue LP

Tara - Official Reissue 2LP

These will be substantially cheaper than the Box Sets that were issued earlier but still retain the same high quality you come to expect from The Crypt/Dark Symphonies.

In addition, Dark Descent Records plans to release a CD version of ABSU's demos, "The Temples of Offal" and "Return of the Ancients" in 2015. The Crypt/Dark Symphonies already plans to release the LP version of this also in 2015 as previously announced. Tracks from the demos/promos of "Immortal Sorcery", "Infinite And Profane Thrones" and "Promo 1993" will not be included as they are no longer available.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Unknown Force Records to release new Absu 7" EP


Texas mythological occult metal tyrants have joined forces with a brand new label based out of Dallas, Texas called Unknown Force Records - unleashing a new seven-inch release titled "Telepaths Within Nin-Edin".

This EP will contain two tracks: Hall Of The Masters taken from the Adult Swim series, as well as an unreleased, backing track of Circles Of The Oath. The release will be presented as a single pressing of 500 hand-numbered limited copies: 100 = translucent clear vinyl/400 = opaque green vinyl.

Proscriptor adds, “We have begun the composition/arrangement process for the next album, suitably titled Apsu, which is the Sumerian-Akkadian spelling of the band moniker. We shall wait until the new album is released before we present any of the new material in a live atmosphere.”

Abzu, the band’s seventh studio album, was released October 2011. The album was recorded/mixed by J.T. Longoria (King Diamond/Solitude Aeternus) and features original works by Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (Ghost, Watain, Entombed, Behemoth, Destroyer 666, Vader, Etc.) Proscriptor commented, "with this record, we appended dirtier elements of psychedelia and fusion. Lyrically, it descends deeper into Enki's lower world as well the Thelemic Magic(k) System." He added, "This album is not a 'natural progression' from previous releases, but a feat of metaphysical conquest and murkiness.”