01. Earth Ripper
02. Circles Of The Oath
03. Abraxus Connexus
04. Skrying In The Spirit Vision
05. Ontologically, It Became Time And Space
06. A Song For Ea
Slayer‘s Reign In Blood can be basically defined by two main features:
- The huge impact it had on the thrash scene at the time. It became a classic simply by outdoing everyone in terms of speed and extremity and, by extension, led us deeper into the dank and inhuman world of extreme metal that we live in today.
- THAT scream at the beginning of “Angel Of Death” — A sound so widely recognized that it can turn mass groups of metalheads into ‘SLAYYYYARGH’-shouting howler monkeys at even a mere mention; a sound so distinct that it has graced parody videos ranging from a father’s lament to a deranged rooster and a sound that ushers in half an hour of punk-infused thrash metal.
Strangely enough, Abzu starts much the same way with “Earth Ripper” – a soaring King Diamond-esque scream set against racing breakneck thrash.
However, Absu‘s sound isn’t as ‘old school’ as that comparison would have you believe, with a career spanning nearly twenty years and a fairly lax attitude to releasing new material, it seems they’ve seen it all and rather than simply resting on their laurels they make the effort to incorporate ideas that would be as at home in 1986 as they would be 2011. Their particular brand of blackened thrash is nothing short of all-encompassing, mixing the relentless assault of bands like Slayer and Bathory with a nod towards the more tech leanings of Coroner and Voivod whilst still maintaining a sleek and sharp modern veneer.