Friday, March 18, 2016

Dark Symphonies to re-release "Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L" CD

DARK SYMPHONIES is honored to reissue ABSU's debut masterpiece Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L. This ultimate CD edition of cult, 90's Mystical occult metal has been newly mastered for CD from the original DAT Tape recently supplied by Proscriptor specifically for this release. Quotes Proscriptor in regards to the sound of the the new master: "I just scrutinized the album in its entirety and it is nothing more than pulverizing! Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L has never sounded ANY better".

Rather than cluttering this reissue with non essential bonus tracks, we decided to keep the album as a standalone as to not interrupt the flow and the power of the music.

This CD will feature a massive booklet with the original Gothic Records cover illustration by Tim Phillips, as well as the original Osmose Productions band photo cover. To retain the classic feel of the original 1993 release, the booklet is designed in the spirit of the original CD / LP layouts with attention to detail even down to the original typeface! Also, included is a CD sized version of the 16 page booklet from the original 3 LP box set, featuring many exclusive band photos and extensive liner notes by Proscriptor.

Finally, we are including a fold-out mini poster featuring both album covers.

CD limited to 1000 copies worldwide! Stay away from BOOTLEGS! Support the band and official releases!!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Venue Change for Current Tour

March 28, 2016 tour date has switched to The Hop Shop in Harlingen, TX.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

ABSU Announce City/Venue Updates for Upcoming US Tour

ABSU today announce updated details on their upcoming tour, titled Merelogical Nihilism Connexus Tour: 2016. The 42-city tour will see the band perform a brand new set with music spanning their 25-year recording career. It is the first full, American tour by the Texas-based mythological occult trio since 2013 in preparation for the release of their new album, Apsu.

To review city and venue updates, please see below:

March 18, 2016: Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend (with Abbath & High On Fire/Exclusive Vocal-Only Performance By Proscriptor)

April 5, 2016: Santa Cruz, CA – The Blue Lagoon

April 12, 2016: Missoula, MT – TBA (Venue Announced Soon)

April 25, 2016: Burlington, VT – Foundation

April 30, 2016: Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Music Hall

All Tour Dates:

Friday, January 8, 2016

2016 Tour Dates Announcement / Update on "Apsu"

ABSU today announce details on their upcoming tour, titled Merelogical Nihilism Connexus Tour: 2016. The 42-city tour will see the band perform a brand new set with music spanning their 25-year recording career. It is the first full, American tour by the Texas-based mythological occult trio since 2013 and will preceed the release of the band's new album, Apsu.

Vocalist/drummer Proscriptor shares, “Since the release of out latest recording, Abzu, the response was extremely vehement and now is the perfect moment to prepare the nation for our new offering, Apsu, which will be released later this year via Candlelight Records. We will be performing a few songs that have never been audibly displayed, in a live atmosphere, as well as one new song that will be featured on the impending opus.”

Proscriptor also adds, “The entire rhythm section for Apsu has been completed and upon our return, I will complete the drafting of the lyrical content, track the vocal lines and finalize the mixing/mastering process. Guest appearances for Apsu feature Rune Erikson/Blasphemer (Aura Noir) and Ross The Boss (ex-Manowar) both contributing solos.

Apsu, which is the Sumerian-Akkadian spelling of the band moniker is the third and final installment of a trilogy spawning from the last two recordings: Absu and Abzu. The band’s eighth studio album was recorded at three different facilities: GAB Recordings, (Irving, Texas) Nightsky Studios, (Waldorf, Maryland) Alchemy Music (Richardson, Texas) and will be mixed once again by J.T. Longoria at Nomad Recording Studio. (King Diamond/Solitude Aeternus)

Acclaimed Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak has not only illustrated separate covers for the CD and LP formats, but has formulated eight individual art pieces, which will aesthetically pertain to the album’s lyrical components.

Proscriptor commented, "Lyrically, this will definitely be my most scientific album to date. It not only descends deep into the hardships of spirits such as Qingu and Irra, but the Enochian Magic(k) System and the cause/effect of Hermetic Praxis.”

ABSU came to prominence with the release of their 1993 debut, Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L. Each album saw continual expansion of the band’s now highly regarded artistic vision and international fan base. It was with 2001’s Tara that the band truly arrived. The album reached top lists of countless magazines worldwide. Years, however, would pass before any new material would be recorded. In late 2007, the band finally announced their re-awakening. Now teamed with London-based Candlelight Records, the band would take nearly sixteen months writing/recording their sixth album. Absu, featuring contributions from members of King Diamond, Mayhem, Melechesh, Firstborn and Enthroned, was released early 2009.

Confirmed dates for ABSU are:

March 17, 2016: Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
March 18, 2016: Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend (with Abbath & High On Fire)
March 19, 2016: Charleston, SC – The Tin Roof
March 20, 2016: Jacksonville, FL – Burro Bar
March 22, 2016: Tampa, FL – Brass Mug
March 23, 2016: Gainesville, FL – The Atlantic
March 24, 2016: Atlanta, GA – The Basement
March 25, 2016: New Orleans, LA – Siberia
March 26, 2016: Houston, TX – Walter’s
March 27, 2016: San Antonio, TX – The Korova
March 28, 2016: Corpus Christi, TX – Boozerz
March 29, 2016: Austin, TX – The Sidewinder
March 30, 2016: Arlington, TX – Diamond Jim’s Saloon
March31, 2016: El Paso, TX – The Sandbox
April 1, 2016: Scottsdale, AZ – The Rogue
April 2, 2016: San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
April 3, 2016: Los Angeles, CA – Complex
April 5, 2016: Bakersfield, CA – Babylon
April 6, 2016: Oakland, CA – Metro Operahouse
April 7, 201616: Sacramento, CA – Starlite Lounge
April 8, 2016: Portland, OR – Ash Street Saloon (Northwestern Black Circle Fest)
April9, 201616: Victoria, BC – Upstairs Cabaret
April10, 2016: Vancouver, BC – Astoria Pub
April 11, 2016: Seattle, WA – The Highline
April 12, 2016: Missoula, MT – The V
April 13, 2016: Boise, ID – The Shredder
April 14, 2016: Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar
April 15, 2016: Denver, CO – Hi-Dive
April 16, 2016: Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
April 17, 2016: St. Louis, MO – Fubar
April 18, 2016: Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge
April 19, 2016: Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
April 20, 2016: Milwaukee, WI – Frank’s Power Plant
April 21, 2016: Columbus, OH – The Summit
April 22, 2016: Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose
April 23, 2016: Rochester, NY – Bug Jar
April 25, 2016: Burlington, VT – T.B.A
April 26, 2016: Portland, ME – Space Gallery
April 27, 2016: Somerville, MA – ONCE Lounge
April 28, 2016: Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
April 29, 2016: Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
April 30, 2016: Raleigh, NC – The Maywood

ABSU currently features guitarist Vis Crom and bassist/vocalist Ezezu with vocalist/drummer Proscriptor.

Monday, November 23, 2015

2016 Tour Dates - Two Dates Confirmed

ABSU have two dates confirmed for 2016:

May 25, 2016 - Maryland Deathfest @ Ottobar - Baltimore, MD

July 15, 2016 - Metal Threat Fest 2016 - Chicago, IL

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.