Abbey ov Thelema – Liber DCLXVI

abbeyovthelemaWith a no rules applies framework, the music of Abbey ov Thelema is a scattershot mish-mash of cut up structures, inverted time signatures, disjointed sounds and carnival-esque synth and electronic implementation that reeks of Mr. Bungle just as much as it does Dodheimsgard influenced modern black metal. Satanic Art on heavy drugs? Sure. The real trick to schizophrenic music such as this, is to embrace the craziness in your sound, but never lose site of creating songs with a clear vision or strand of sanity spinning throughout as if to keep the listener interested and grounded. With Liber DCLXVI, Abbey ov Thelema know where they are going, but we do not. As the synthetic drum lines decay and explode with reckless abandon, the music follows suit with maddening sounds and nonsensical/abstract “riffs” strung together as if by putting all the parts to the song in a hat and the order in which they were drawn from the hat, they committed them to the recording and added harsh vocals. In other words, this band is trying way too hard at sounding arty. It works for some, but for Abbey ov Thelema, they have created an album that is difficult to listen to. NOT because they have tapped into some dark and extremely sinister energy/creativity here. No… Liber DCLXVI is simply a mess that lacks form or interest. -Marty
Wraith Productions

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~ by martyworm on June 11, 2014.

One Response to “Abbey ov Thelema – Liber DCLXVI”

  1. I felt the same way. This album is terrible.

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