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Abstract Spirit - Horror Vacui
25 April 2011


01. За Пределами Сомкнутых Век
02. Post Mortem
03. Пульс
04. Vigilae Mortuorum (Interludium)
05. Без Меня... Мертвое Завтра...
06. Атрофия Мировоззрения
07. Horror Vacui


Abstract Spirit has all of the elements one expects - nay, demands - of a funeral doom outfit: slow tempos, crushing riffs, growled vocals, long songs, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. Horror Vacui, the latest from these Russkies has six proper tracks totaling over an hour in length with a three-minute instrumental intermission at the half way point. All the aforementioned components are there and the songs doomily emanate forth.

All in all I found this disk slightly disappointing, though. In addition to all the swell stuff mentioned above, funeral doom should also have a powerful emotional content to it as well. It should inspire something like woe, dread, terror, or just flat-out unnerve me.

This album just never connected with me in that critical emotional capacity.

The album was well constructed, well played, yet somehow never clicked. It never disturbed me in the way that, say, label mates and countrymen Septic Mind did with their latest.

Of course, music is subjective and emotional music even moreso. Warning's Watching From A Distance connected with me like the ubiquitous football to the groin video in every caught on tape blooper show… and others (morons!) just didn't get it.

Perhaps I missed the boat on this one. Check it out and maybe you'll party like 70,000 Tons of Doomed Metal and go down like the Titanic with this one… Or maybe you'll just find yourself on the docks, next to me, waving as it sails off.

Performance: 7
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Production: 8


 



Written on 14.08.2011 by
Xnoybis
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Staff review by
DerRozzengarten

Rating:
8.5
When the earth is not enough to withstand your emotional weight, there's always plenty of time to drown in funeral doom tunes and lose yourself into the depths of wherever. Either alone or with company there's enough bleakness in the world, it's just that, such kind of music is more than enough to realize the bereaving side of the pits of hell that seem to be more apparent than anything else; on earth.

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Windrider - 15.08.2011 at 10:19  
Two staff reviews for an even invisible band... wow
Xnoybis - 15.08.2011 at 20:33  
Written by Windrider on 15.08.2011 at 10:19

Two staff reviews for an even invisible band... wow


i'm the Solitude Productions (and sub-label) guy here, and received a copy in the mail a couple weeks ago. somehow I didn't see DerRozz had posted up a review until after I wrote one. Was suggested by another staffer that I just post it up anyways seeing as i had given the disk a number of spins and written a number of words, so voila.
Windrider - 15.08.2011 at 22:35  
Written by Xnoybis on 15.08.2011 at 20:33

Written by Windrider on 15.08.2011 at 10:19

Two staff reviews for an even invisible band... wow


i'm the Solitude Productions (and sub-label) guy here, and received a copy in the mail a couple weeks ago. somehow I didn't see DerRozz had posted up a review until after I wrote one. Was suggested by another staffer that I just post it up anyways seeing as i had given the disk a number of spins and written a number of words, so voila.


Being a Staff Reviewer sounds fun
Troy Killjoy - 15.08.2011 at 22:37  
Written by Windrider on 15.08.2011 at 22:35
Being a Staff Reviewer sounds fun

Fun is just one of the words I'd use to describe it.
Merchant of Doom - 16.08.2011 at 13:26  
"Perhaps I missed the boat on this one"... I think you have... but I can see your point.
Daniell - 16.08.2011 at 13:28  
I agree with Craig. The album is good, but it fails to amaze. Solid, well-done, tight, but somehow uninspired.

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