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.