Thursday, September 10, 2015

ABSU - Origin: War And Magic(k) Official CD Available for Pre-Order

Every great story has a prologue. Before the mighty ABSU, there were two occult metal manifestations: Dolmen and Magus, which together helped forge one of the most well know acts in the underground today.

DARK SYMPHONIES / THE CRYPT is proud to present continued cooperation with ABSU members Proscriptor and Equitant with a deluxe CD edition of Dolmen - On The Eve Of War and Magus - Ruminations Of Debauchery. Both releases will feature the original cover art and layout elements as the vinyl edition. Also included will be the the original cover illustration by Kris Verwimp from the out of print Crypt 2-LP box set edition.

Dolmen makes their CD debut and includes an unreleased cover version of Slayer's "Black Magic." Magus features the original unreleased mix of "Ruminations..." as well as the 1992 demo "Lines That Formed Hexagrams." All songs were mastered for vinyl from the original analog and dat sources. This marks the CD debut for both Magus - Lines That Formed Hexagrams and Dolmen - On the Eve of War.

Fans of ABSU will be offered with two amazing, cult metal releases which helped manifest one of the greatest underground acts of the 90's!

CD limited to 1000 copies worldwide! Stay away from BOOTLEGS! Support the band and official releases!! Release date is September 30th.

Pre-Order here.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Vault Is Open Again and ABSU Featured In "The 10 Best Historical Metal Bands"

The Vault is open again with new and restocked items. Visit here for the information.

Also, ABSU was featured in a blog for "The 10 Best Historical Metal Bands". Visit here for the details.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

"The Temples of Offal" CD and LP available now

The Crypt and Dark Descent Records have now made available "The Temples of Offal". An official re-release of ABSU's first two demos and a bonus track.

Track list:
[The Temples of Offal]
01 Immortal Sorcery
02 Sumerian Sands (The Silence)
03 Disembodied
[Return Of The Ancients]
04 Immortal Sorcery
05 Eternal Rest
06 Sea of Glasya
07 Dawn of Invocation
[Bonus Track - Pre-ABSU]
08 Abhorred Xul

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Monday, February 23, 2015

"Telepaths Within Nin-Edin" 7" Now Available

Mythological Occult Metal tyrants ABSU have joined forces with a brand new label based out of Dallas, Texas called Unknown Force Records - unleashing their latest seven-inch EP titled "Telepaths Within Nin-Edin". This new release contains two tracks: Hall Of The Masters taken from the Adult Swim series, as well as an unreleased backing track version of Circles Of The Oath. The seven-inch is presented as a limited pressing of 500 hand-numbered vinyl copies: 100 translucent clear and 400 opaque green.

For Purchasing: click here

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Proscriptor adds, “We have completed the compositions and arrangements for our eighth studio album, suitably titled Apsu, which is the Sumerian-Akkadian spelling of the band moniker. The recording operation will begin in April, as we are appending the most multifaceted elements of psychedelia and fusion in extreme metal music. Lastly and as always, the lyrical content will descend into the deepest realms of Enki's lower world as well the Thelemic Magic(k) System."

Monday, December 29, 2014

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

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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.”