Absu – Mythological Occult Metal 1991-2001

absu_052206_mythologicalAn incredible band with such a vibrant and essential catalog of music, how can you go wrong with a career retrospect, 2 CD set? You can’t. Every song on here is golden. 21 tracks total, including rarities, alternate version, unreleased and live tracks, covers, along with “The Temples of the Offal” 7″, “And Shineth Unto the Cold Cometh” 7″ and the “Hallstattian Swords” 7″. Quite a body of rarities indeed, from long out of print compilation tracks, to the song off the Gummo soundtrack, all the hard to locate items in Absu’s catalog have been conveniently gathered within this nicely done digipak. The booklet features pictures from every era and detailed info on each track, which I’m told is quite different from the lesser packaging of the 2 LP set that came out at the same time as this. With so much material pulled from so many sources and different time frames, the mastering job on this set is impressive, giving all the tracks a unified sonic spectrum to fill us all with the mystical enchantment of this bands spiritual and thrashing black metal desire. I don’t know what the exact status is of one of the US’s most lethal and creative black metal entities, but the world metal market seems a lot less vital due to the absence of the mighty Absu. -Marty

~ by martyworm on January 2, 2009.

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