Absu (album)

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Absu
Studio album by Absu
Released Europe: February 16, 2009
North America: February 24, 2009
Genre Black metal
Label Candlelight
Producer Absu
Absu chronology
Mythological Occult Metal: 1991–2001
(2005)
Absu
(2009)
Abzu
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Metal Temple 7/10 stars[2]
Metal.de 10/10 stars[3]
MetalCentre.com 10/10[4]
Pitchfork Media 8.2/10[5]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[6]

Absu is the fifth studio album by black metal band Absu. It was released on February 16, 2009 (Europe), and February 24, 2009 (USA), by Candlelight Records. It is the debut recording for new members Aethyris MacKay and Zawicizuz, with additional musical contributions from Vastator Terrarum (who left before completing the album) and original guitarist Shaftiel. Ezezu joined the band after the recording process was completed. This is the band's first new album since 2001's Tara. In October 2009, Candlelight Records announced the album would be re-released and repackaged on January 26, 2010, with a DVD of a live performance in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on June 19, 2009.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Between the Absu of Eridu and Erech" (Aethyris/Proscriptor) – 4:08
  2. "Night Fire Canonization" (Proscriptor/Shaftiel) – 3:19
  3. "Amy" (Proscriptor/Zawicizuz) – 4:54
  4. "Nunbarshegunu" (Aethyris/Ashmedi/Vastator) – 3:05
  5. "13 Globes" (Aethyris/Proscriptor) – 4:46
  6. "...Of the Dead Who Never Rest in Their Tombs Are the Attendance of Familiar Spirits... Including: A.) Diversified Signs Inscribed; B.) Our Earth of Black; C.) Voor" (Proscriptor/Zawicizuz) – 7:03
  7. "Magic(k) Square Cipher" (Aethyris/Proscriptor) – 4:48
  8. "In the Name of Auebothiabathabaithobeuee" (Proscriptor/Vastator) – 3:25
  9. "Girra's Temple" (Proscriptor/Shaftiel) – 2:38
  10. "Those of the Void Will Re-Enter" (Aethyris/Ashmedi/Vastator) – 4:56
  11. "Sceptre Command" (Aethyris/Proscriptor) – 5:00
  12. "Ye Uttuku Spells" (Aethyris/Ashmedi/Vastator) – 4:41
  13. "Twix Yesterday, the Day and the Morrow" (Equitant) – 0:57

Special edition DVD[edit]

  1. "An Involution of Thorns (Intro) / Descent to Acheron"
  2. "Apzu"
  3. "Night Fire Canonization"
  4. "The Thrice Is the Greatest to Ninnigal"
  5. "13 Globes"
  6. "Amy"
  7. "Nunbarshegunu"
  8. "Voor [Instrumental] / Swords and Leather"
  9. "Four Crossed Wands (Spell 181) / Vorago (Spell 182)"
  10. "Manannan"
  11. "Twix Yesderday, the Day & the Morrow [Instrumental] / Girra's Temple"
  12. "Highland Tyrant Attack"
  13. "Encore: The Coming of War"
  14. "Encore Deux: Magic(k) Square Cipher"

Line-up[edit]

  • Proscriptor McGovern – vocals, drums and percussion, mellotron and lyrics
  • Aethyris MacKay – electric lead, rhythm, acoustic and bass guitars, mellotron
  • Zawicizuz – electric lead, rhythm and bass guitars, synthesizers, programming

Guests[edit]

  • Ashmedi (Melechesh) – lyrics for "Nunbarshegunu", "Those of the Void Will Re-Enter" and "Ye Uttuku Spells"
  • Blasphemer (ex-Mayhem/Ava Inferi) – guitar solos on "Night Fire Canonization" and "Girra's Temple"
  • Equitant (ex-Absu/Equitant) – programming, synth and arrangements on "Twix Yesterday, the Day & the Morrow"
  • David Harbour (ex–King Diamond/David Harbour) – synthesizer solo on "B) Our Earth of Black" (part II of "...Of the Dead Who Never Rest in Their Tombs Are the Attendance of Familiar Spirits...")
  • Michael Harris (Darkology/Michael Harris) – guitar solo on "In the Name of Auebothiabathabaithobeuee" and "Those of the Void Will Re-Enter"
  • Mindwalker (The Firstborn) – backing vocals and ceremonial Tibetan horn on "13 Globes"
  • Nornagest (Enthroned) – backing vocals on "Night Fire Canonization" and "Amy"
  • Vorskaath (Zemial) – backing vocals, brake disc, gates, Greek bell and vibraslap on "Amy" and "A) Diversified Signs Inscribed" (part I of "...Of the Dead Who Never Rest in Their Tombs Are the Attendance of Familiar Spirits...")

Production[edit]

  • Produced & engineered by Absu
  • Executive production: Candlelight Records
  • Pre-production by Zawicizuz
  • Drum engineering by Gary Long & Sterling Winfield
  • Mixed by J.T. Longoria
  • Mastered & edited by Proscriptor

Live DVD[edit]

  • Proscriptor McGovern – vocals, drums
  • Ezezu – vocals, bass
  • Aethyris MacKay – guitars
  • Zawicizuz – guitars, backing vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex (2009). "Absu Review". Allmusic. Macrovision Corporation.
  2. ^ Doukas, Yiannis (March 6, 2009). "Album: Absu - Absu (Candlelight Records)". Metal Temple. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Absu - Absu - Review - Black Metal". Metal.de. February 11, 2009.
  4. ^ "ABSU - ABSU. Candlelight 2009". MetalCentre.com. February 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "Absu: Absu". Pitchfork. June 9, 2009.
  6. ^ Butler, Nick (April 3, 2009). "Review: Absu - Absu". Sputnikmusic.