Tuesday, October 11, 2016

November 2016 South American Tour Dates

November 17, 2016 - Absoluto Rock - Asuncion, Paraguay

November 18, 2018 - Asbury Music Club - Buenos Aires, Argentina

November 19, 2016 - Centro de Eventos San Diego - Santiago, Chile

November 20, 2016 - Club Kamaleon Aldunate - Temuco, Chile

November 22, 2016 - Jaguar Records Bar - Bogota, Columbia

November 25, 2016 - Teatro da Boca Rica, Fortaleza, CE Brasil

November 26, 2016 - Visions of Rock, Recife, PE Brasil

November 27, 2016 - [São Paulo Em chamas Fest] - Arena Metal, Sao Paulo, SP Brasil

Friday, October 7, 2016

Gummo Soundtrack (featuring ABSU) Re-Issued on Vinyl

More information here.

Movie director Harmony Korine was highly enthralled with the music of ABSU and wanted the band to present the first piece of music for his overly disturbed tour de force, “Gummo.” The first scene in the movie contains Super 8 mm news footage of a vehement tornado destroying the town of Xenia, Ohio in 1974. The movie’s plot is simply about this town that never financially or psychologically recovered from the destructive twister. So, ABSU was approached to create a song around this tornado, which was unusual as ABSU had never lyrically written anything contemporary before. Instead, they took the simple way out and wrote the song “The Gold Torques Of Ulaid;” an Irish epic concerning the barbarian Ross The Red. The movie’s musical director, Randall Poster, enigmatically refused to feature this song in the movie and left it only for the soundtrack.

In 2002, Toyota’s advertising department was highly fascinated with “The Gold Torques Of Ulaid” and looked for it to be used in a commercial exclusively in Europe. However, due to publishing ties lasting with London Records, the song was dropped immediately.

This song later appeared on the "Mythological Occult Metal" complilation (2005) as well as a split 7" with Demonical.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

December 2016 European Tour Dates

* NOTE: ABSU will play Fovea Caffe in Foggia, Italy on December 2, 2016 as part of Metal Circus IV.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

100th Post: Review of "Infinite and Profane Thrones" Official Live Bootleg from 1992

I feel quite privileged that I was given the opportunity to review this album from Equitant. He warned me over and over that this was awful sounding and nothing more than a relic from the end of the first era of Absu. Meaning that this is before Shaftiel and Equitant adopted their pseudonyms and just prior to Proscriptor McGovern, Daviel Athron Mysticia and Black Massith joining the band.

There seems to be a legendary / aura of mystery on this album since it was so limited when originally released and fans have asked for represses, especially now that "Return of the Ancients" and "Temples of Offal" have been made available again in many formats. So why not this one?

To start off, this is not a demo, but an "official" live bootleg, containing six live songs, very poorly recorded. While the drums and vocals are fairly audible, the guitars and bass are nothing more than background noise. They are slightly more audible when there are no vocals but it still sounds awful (although, I've heard worse from Immortal and Emperor bootlegs that were more readily available back in the late 90s). They perform tracks from the Temples of Offal EP and we get early versions of "Descent to Acheron" (which sounds somewhat close to the finished product on Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L. minus keyboards and female vocals) and "Infinite and Profane Thrones" (which sounds nothing like the finished product on Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L.). This might be the only interesting factor to this live bootleg as we hear two songs in their infancy before they became what they are now.

In addition to these live tracks, we also have three tacked on tracks - unmixed versions of the tracks from "The Temples of Offal" EP. In this case, they sound rougher, obviously, and missing some of their added effects but more or less the same as the EP.

Overall, there is nothing really great here - maybe the fact you hear the early versions of two songs that ended up on the first album but that's it. There is nothing here worth owning as you get much more from "Return of the Ancients" and "Temples of Offal." And, obviously, quite a bit more going forward from there. This is nothing more than a very weak finale of the very early first era of ABSU.

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Addendum: There will be no re-pressings or re-issues for this release.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

ABSU's demos to be re-released in cassette format

Diabolicurst Productions will release "Return of the Ancients" and "The Temples of Offal" in a special double cassette edition for the asian markets in September.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Vault is open again!

New ABSU T-Shirts available now. Click here.