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ABSU: Release New Single Via Adult Swim Series; North & South American Festival Dates

Mythological occult metal discoverers Absu announce the release of their new single, “Hall of the Masters” courtesy of this year’s Adult Swim Singles Program. Once again, the band has showcased their signature style of occult black/thrash mythology to dark new calculating territories — whirlwinds of razor-sharp guitar work and top-notch drumming. The track was recorded at Nomad Recording Studios in Carrollton, Texas and once again mixed by J.T. Longoria. (King Diamond, Solitude Aeternus) An official video to accompany the song will be released on September 10 directed by filmmaker Daniel Garcia.

Stream Absu’s “Hall of the Masters” AT THIS LOCATION.

Absu have also confirmed new festival and tour dates for the Summer and Fall months. Late August will see the band performing at Slaughter By The Water III — the annual fest taking place in Alameda, California aboard massive aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Hornet — followed directly by two shows in Mexico City and San Luis Potosi, Mexico. November sees the band traveling to South America for a string of eight shows throughout Columbia, Chile and Brazil. More stateside tour actions are being confirmed to be announced in the weeks ahead.

Absu Festival & Tour Dates:

  • 8/25/2012 Slaughter By The Water III – Alameda, CA
  • 8/31/2012 Steel Metal Bunker – San Luis Potosi, Mexico w/ Malevolent Creation
  • 9/01/2012 Flying Circus – Mexico City, Mexico w/ Hate Eternal, Malevolent Creation
  • 11/09/2012 TBA – Medellin, Columbia
  • 11/10/2012 TBA – Cali, Columbia
  • 11/11/2012 TBA – Bogata, Columbia
  • 11/13/2012 TBA – Chile
  • 11/15/2012 TBA – Brazil
  • 11/16/2012 Beco – Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • 11/17/2012 Music Hall – Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • 11/18/2012 Carioca Club – São Paulo, Brazil
 

ABSU: Prepare For Maryland Deathfest & Chaos In Tejas Action

Mythological occult metal tormenters Absu will dominate American audiences with several confirmed performances in the coming weeks, including a live assault in Baltimore this Thursday night as part of the opening night to the Maryland Deathfest 2012 mayhem. Absu will be joined on stage that night by a plethora of other extreme acts including Rorschach, Dying Fetus, Eyehategod, Agalloch and headliners for the evening, Autopsy. A full running order for the fest and all other MDF info can be found HERE.

A week after MDF, Absu will slay this year’s Chaos In Tejas in Austin, Texas on Saturday, June 2nd, headlining the indoor stage at Red 7, with support from Terrorism, Loss, Morbosidad, Ares Kingdom and Black Witchery. Full CIT info and schedules can be found HERE.

Absu Confirmed Tour Dates:

  • 5/24/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest
  • 6/02/2012 Red 7 – Austin, TD @ Chaos In Tejas

Further live assaults throughout North and South America are being devised now for disbursement in the coming weeks.

Absu’s sixth full-length, Abzu, takes the band’s signature occult black thrash mythology to dark new calculating territories through a whirlwind of razor-sharp riffing and some of the extreme metal world’s most top-notch drumming. The second part of an ongoing trilogy of albums, which began with 2009’s acclaimed Absu, and will eventually come to a finale with Apsu, Abzu was recorded at Nomad Recording Studios in Carrollton, Texas, and finds drummer/vocalist Proscriptor and bassist/vocalist Ezezu sharing equal vocal duties and debuts the skills of new guitarist Vis Crom. The record was mixed by J.T. Longoria (King Diamond/Solitude Aeternus), and features original cover art from Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (Watain, Behemoth, Destroyer 666, Vader).

 

ABSU: Streaming Entire New Album Via Decibel Magazine

As Absu’s latest evolutionary output — their sixth full-length, Abzu — nears North American release this Tuesday, October 11th via Candlelight Records, advance reviews from print and online media worldwide are praising the brilliant, blazing textures the opus bears. As with every album in the Texas-based outfit’s lineage, Abzu takes Absu’s occult blackthrash mythology to new calculating, dark new territories through a whirlwind of razor-sharp riffage and Proscriptor’s signature scathing cackle and some of the most top-notch drumming in extreme metal.

Today, Decibel Magazine is helping us bring the wrath of Abzu to the masses as we await its pending release, by streaming the entire album. LISTEN HERE!

Abzu is the second part of an ongoing trilogy of albums, which began with 2009’s acclaimed Absu, and will eventually come to a finale with Apsu. Recorded at Nomad Recording Studios in Carrollton, Texas, Abzu finds drummer/vocalist Proscriptor and bassist/vocalist Ezezu sharing equal vocal duties and debuts the skills of new guitarist Vis Crom. The record was mixed by J.T. Longoria (King Diamond/Solitude Aeternus), and features original cover art from Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (Watain, Behemoth, Destroyer 666, Vader).

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“…a hellaciously adventurous, unrelentingly brutal slab of fully actualized gonzo metal… It is a new extreme metal benchmark…” – Decibel

“…another strong release for one of black metal’s most underrated groups. Few albums can touch the complex drum play… a top tier album of 2011.” – Metal Underground

“Very few bands truly know how to create music that sonically obliterates the listener while maintaining a critical groove. Absu clearly is one of them and Abzu is clearly their greatest release this side of Tara.” – Blistering

“Proscriptor’s drums are of particular note as they absolutely detonate across the disc, and they’re treated in the furious mix like the lead instrument they ought to be… Without doubt, one of the best records I have heard this year.” – Hellbound

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ABSU: Mythological Occult Metal Trio Confirm Autumn North American Live Actions

In support of the release of their upcoming new album Abzu, Dallas, Texas-based mythological occult metal trio Absu will embark upon an exclusive four-show upper East Coast US live exhibition this November invading Richmond, Brooklyn, Reading and Boston. These venues and cities have been chosen with the purpose of Absu performing in previously uncharted barbaric environments, where locals can expect the set list to include a large dose of material from Abzu, in addition to songs spanning the entire Absu discography. Support for this special trek will hail from Philadelphia black thrash derelicts Infernal Stronghold.

Following the short tour, Absu will also take part in Montreal’s Messe des Morts festival, performing as one of the event’s main acts which also includes Inquisition, Glorior Belli, Forteresse and more.

Absu Confirmed Live Rituals:

  • 9/10/2011 An Club – Athens, Greece
  • 10/22/2011 007 Rock Bar – San Antonio, TX
  • 10/29/2011 Aurora Infernalis Festival – Driel, Netherlands
  • 11/10/2011 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
  • 11/11/2011 Club Europa – Brooklyn, NY
  • 11/12/2011 Reverb – Reading, PA
  • 11/13/2011 TBA – Boston, MA
  • 11/26/2011 Messe des Morts Festival – Montreal, QC

Absu’s forthcoming sixth full-length opus, Abzu, is set for North American release on October 4th. The band’s second album for international heavyweight Candlelight Records, Abzu is the second part of a trilogy of recordings from the band. Recorded at Nomad Recording Studios in Carrollton, Texas, Abzu finds drummer/vocalist Proscriptor and bassist/vocalist Ezezu sharing equal vocal duties and debuts the skills of new guitarist Vis Crom. The record was mixed by J.T. Longoria (King Diamond/Solitude Aeternus), and features original cover art from Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (Watain, Behemoth, Destroyer 666, Vader).

Today, Candlelight Records USA has posted special preorder packages where fans can order CD/shirt packages for Abzu at THIS LOCATION.

 

ABSU: New Album Release October 4, Album Artwork Revealed

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Candlelight Records today confirms October 4th as the North American release date for Absu’s new album titled Abzu. As previously announced, the album is part two of a planned trilogy of recordings from the Dallas-based mythological occult metal band. Mixed by J.T. Longoria (King Diamond/Solitude Aeternus), the album features the original works of Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (Watain, Behemoth, Destroyer 666, Vader).

Recorded at Nomad Recording Studios in Carrollton, Texas, Abzu finds drummer/vocalist Proscriptor and bassist/vocalist Ezezu sharing equal vocal duties and debuts the skills of new guitarist Vis Crom. Proscriptor comments, “Abzu is the first studio release to feature a co-vocalist alongside myself since our third album, The Third Storm of Cythraul. Ezezu’s vocal presentation is beyond superlative and I am overly pleased with his execution and delivery. The songwriting undertakings were equally distributed between both Ezezu and Vis Crom and I must admit it brings an admirable multiplicity to the album as a whole. The last song on the album, “A Song For Ea,” was composed in six movements, as it brought the entire band together as an equivalent songwriting team. Vis Crom has definitely proven to be Absu’s most proficient guitarist in the history of the band.”

Writing began on Abzu last autumn as Proscriptor notes, “this album has not only been the most challenging in Absu’s discography, but the quickest paced – composition and arrangement wise. The current line-up is scattered all across the United States, so the album was physically written utilizing internet file sharing. We even rehearsed, at times, while communicating via cell phones. Lyrically, the album descends deeper into Enki’s lower world as well Thelemic and Enochian Magic(k) Systems. My lyrical architecture is extremely convoluted, so I decided to create a generalized synopsis explaining the themes behind each song. I feel these are my best poems since 2001’s Tara.”

Abzu has benefited from the unity of the band despite limited face-to-face rehearsal time. In fact only two proper rehearsals were had; one preparing for the band’s dates with Immortal earlier this year. The six-date showcase tour was the first live American dates for the band since their headline tour in June of 2009. Proscriptor confirms, “We rehearsed one week prior to the tour supporting Immortal and exactly one week after in preparation for the studio experience. I can honestly say this is the first time Absu has rehearsed for only one week, as an entire unit, before entering the studio.”

Absu recently returned from Finland where they performed at the Hammer Open Air Festival. “For the first time in history, we presented a complete and unabridged version of Absu’s second album, The Sun of Tiphareth,” shares Vis Crom of the performance. “Now, we prepare with eagerness to do the same at upcoming performances in Greece and The Netherlands. The crowds at Party San and Brutal Assault can expect a different, but unique live set. After that, our sights are set on North American abyss.”

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 fanbase. 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.

Final track listing for Abzu is:

  • 1.) Earth Ripper
  • 2.) Circles of the Oath
  • 3.) Abraxas Connexus
  • 4.) Skrying in the Spirit Vision
  • 5.) Ontologically, It Became Time & Space
  • 6.) A Song for Ea including:
  • a) E-A
  • b) A Myriad of Portals
  • c) Third Tablet
  • d) Warren of Imhullu
  • e) The Waters – The Denizens
  • f) E-A (Reprise)

Upcoming Absu Festival Performances include:

  • August 12, 2011 – Party San Open Air – Schlotheim , Germany
  • August 13, 2011 – Brutal Assault Open Air – Jaromer, Czech Republic
  • September 10, 2011 – An Club – Athens , Greece (w/ZEMIAL)
  • October 29, 2011 – Aurora Infernalis Festival – Driel , Netherlands