OFFICIAL NEWSBLOG OF ABSU

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

August 30, 2014 Show Announced

ABSU will play in Austin, Texas on August 30, 2014 @ The Dirty Dog Bar with HOD, Widower, Midnight, Morbosidad and Morgengrau.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Proscriptor Inks Deal With Trick Drums

Proscriptor McGovern (a.k.a Russ R. Givens), drummer/vocalist of the Texas Mythological Occult Metal band ABSU, has inked an official endorsement deal with Trick Drums.

Comments Proscriptor: "To begin with, I feel extremely honored and fortunate to be supported by the Trick organization. For years, I have been searching for the most flawless pedals to satisfy my performance capability, as it has been finally discovered with Trick’s Pro 1-V pedals. When I initially acquired them, I immediately noticed the precision and acute engineering behind the machined parts - harvesting not only lightning speed, but also the most stalwart of powers. In other words, Trick’s Pro 1-V pedals are the choice weapons of ABSU’s euphonious destruction.”

Proscriptor also 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.”

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.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

New(er) Merchandise Available and Website News

There is plenty of newer merchandise available in The Vault including several LPs now for sale direct from Tarot Productions! The option to trade is also available! Go here for details. Also, an announcement relating to the website is forthcoming. Stay tuned for details.

Monday, April 7, 2014

New Merchandise Available

The Vault has been re-opened with all new merchandise, direct from ABSU's recent tour of Australia! You can check it out here.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L. LP to be Re-Issued by The Crypt

From The Crypt/Dark Symphonies:

ABSU (USA): Barathrum V.I.T.R.I.O.L. STANDARD EDITION Official LP (CRYPT13)

Over the years, we have received a lot of feedback from fans and customers stating their budget doesn't allow for our luxurious editions or that all of the bonus tracks, poster or box isn't necessary and would simply prefer to have the vinyl in a straightforward, affordable format. Well, we finally listened!

The Crypt is honored to reissue ABSU's debut masterpiece "Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L." on classic black wax!

The LP comes housed in a 350 gram, semi-gloss jacket featuring the original Gothic Records cover illustration by Tim Phillips. To retain the classic feel of the original 1993 release, the LP jacket is designed in the spirit of the original CD layout with attention to detail - even down to the original typeface! Also included in this set is a 12" x 12" lyric insert. Expect the same level of quality we have always presented: this time substantially less expensive and without all the bells and whistles! Coming in late 2014!

Friday, March 21, 2014

ABSU: "Origin: War and Magic(k)" Box Set - PRE-ORDER NOW!

Information Here.

Every great story has a prologue. Before the mighty ABSU, there were two occult metal manifestations... MAGUS and DOLMEN that together, helped to forge one of the the most well know acts in the underground today.

The Crypt is proud to present our further cooperation with ABSU members Proscriptor and Equitant, with deluxe 12" gatefold vinyl editions of MAGUS - Ruminations of Debauchery and DOLMEN - On the Eve of War. Both releases will feature original cover art and layout elements. DOLMEN features the unreleased, original1989 mono mix (the 2001 Vinyl release features an artificial stereo mix as the tracks were only ever recorded in mono) as well as an unreleased cover of Slayer's "Black Magic". Magus will feature the original unreleased mix of "Ruminations..." as well as the 1992 "Lines That Formed Hexagrams" demo. All songs mastered for vinyl from the original analog and dat sources.

Both gatefolds come housed in an amazing, heavy gauge case wrapped, hand numbered box with a new amazing, original Kris Verwimp cover illustration which is also included as a poster. Limited to 200 hand numbered copies on 180 gram black vinyl

TRACK LIST:

LP One – Side A: MAGUS – Ruminations Of Debauchery – Original Mix – 1992
Icons Of Gods
Debauchery
Ruminations (...Of Nature)
The Magus

Side B: MAGUS - Lines That Formed Hexagrams – Orignal Mix – 1992
Ruminations
Reflections Of The Dark (Carbonized Cover)
The Magus
Dataquest
Hexacles (Outro)

LP Two: Side A & B: DOLMEN – On The Eve of War – Original Mono Mix – 1989
Conjuration (Intro)
The Ritual Night
Dolmen (Living In Fear)
On The Eve of War
The Battle
Denigration
Infernal Attack
Thy Summoning (Outro)
Black Magic (Slayer Cover)

Layout By The Crypt – All Tracks Mastered for Vinyl By Dan Lowndes @ Resonance Sound 2014.

Here is an excellent performance clip of ABSU at Maryland Deathfest X performing "Never Blow Out The Eastern Candle", which has its origins with Dolmen.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Celebrating "Tara"

With the release of the "Tara" Box Set occurring now (you can purchase it here), here is a list of some interesting information about "Tara":

In 2001, an Italian magazine called “Grind Zone” reported the following as the official tracklist of “Tara”:

I. "Tara"
II. "Pillars Of Mercy"
III. "A Shield With An Iron Face"
IV. "To The Gallows"
V. "Cries Of Sanity"
VI. "She Cries The Quiet Lake"
VII. "From Ancient Times (Starless Skies Burn To Ash)"
VIII. "Spell 181"
IX. "Vorago (Spell 182)"
X. "Four Crossed Wands"
XI. "Hall Of The Masters"
XII. "The Great Battle Moving From Ideal To Actual"
XIII. "Tara (Reprise)"

The observant will notice TWO Morbid Scream covers here (one of which ultimately was recorded and released on the split 7” with Rumplestilskin Grinder). The other was never completed.

Four Crossed Wands and Spell 181 appeared to be separate tracks at first.

"The Great Battle Moving From Ideal To Actual" which was recorded by Bard Algol Eriboas (aka Josh Cook of Cernunnos Woods). This was to later be released on the “Hallstattian Swords” EP but instead did not appear until the Mythological Occult Metal: 1991-2001" compilation.

In 2012, ABSU recorded "Hall of the Masters" and released it as a single (and later a video).

Speaking of which, the version of "Stone of Destiny (...For Magh Slecht and Ard Righ)" that appears on the "Mythological Occult Metal: 1991-2001" Compilation is called the "Hall of the Masters Version".

The "Tara" artwork by Kris Verwimp contains actual soil samples from the Hill of Tara.

Early promotional material stated that Mike Scaccia of Rigor Mortis/Ministry fame was going to contribute to the album but that fell through.

King Diamond was recording his album "House of God" at the time ABSU was to enter the studio. This led to some delays to which King Diamond offered to perform vocals on "Tara". However, due to contractual restrictions, he could not be credited on the album. Therefore, he was credited as Masthema Mazziqim, the alias used by the singer of Dolmen which featured Shaftiel and Equitant.

The synthesizer used on "A Shield With An Iron Face" was previously owned by Jimmy Destri of Blondie and was used on the song "Heart of Glass".

Ronnie Trent, who contributed vocals, also played in a band called 10 Kingdomns to which Shaftiel was to contribute guitar work to.

Tara is widely considered to be ABSU's magnum opus and carries a 92% rating based off 10 reviews on Metal-Archives.com

Vincent Rossi, who contributed acoustic guitars and mandolin work on Tara, also performed on Proscriptor's self-titled work.

Sir Don Shannon, who contributed the bagpipe work on the intro and outro of the album, is a native of Northern Ireland, has been piping for over 35 years. In the UK, Don served as Pipe Major of an award winning band, participating in numerous competitions in Northern Ireland, England and Scotland, including the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association World Championships. You can book him through Encore Productions Entertainment, Inc.

David Harbour, who contributed keyboard and piano work, has an extensive list of work he has done over the years which can be viewed here. He has also worked with Proscriptor on his solo work and with Equimanthorn.

The intro to "Manannán" is approximately one minute longer than the version from the "In the Eyes of Ioldánach" EP.

Many of the legends sang or written about (in the liner notes) discuss the Hill of Tara, of which this album is based. Additional information can be found here.

And finally, a lengthy discussion from Chronicles of Chaos between Proscriptor and Paul Schwarz regarding Tara and the overall work behind it.