Tara (Absu album)

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Tara
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Studio album by Absu
Released May 23, 2001
Recorded September–December 2000, NOMAD studios, Carrollton, Texas
Genre Black metal, thrash metal
Length 52:02
Label Osmose
Producer Kol Marshall & Absu
Absu chronology
In the Eyes of Ioldánach
(1998)
Tara
(2001)
Mythological Occult Metal: 1991–2001
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Tara is the fourth album by black metal band Absu. It was released on May 23, 2001, by Osmose Productions. A remastered edition was supposed to come out in September 2007, but was delayed until March 2009. It contains the In the Eyes of Ioldánach EP as bonus tracks. Early promotional material for the album stated that Mike Scaccia of Rigor Mortis/Ministry fame would contribute to the album but that did not occur. In addition, King Diamond did contribute vocals to the album but could not be credited due to contractual restrictions. He is credited as Masthema Mazziqim, a pseudonym used by the singer of Dolmen, a band that eventually became Absu.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Shaftiel, except "Tara" and "Tara (Recapitulation)" by Sir Don Shannon.

Phase One: "Ioldanach's Pedagogy"

  1. "Tara" – 1:57
  2. "Pillars of Mercy" – 4:22
  3. "A Shield with an Iron Face" – 3:22
  4. "Manannán" – 6:39
  5. "The Cognate House of Courtly Witches Lies West of County Meath" – 4:19
  6. "She Cries the Quiet Lake" – 4:11
  7. "Yrp Lluyddawc" – 1:52

Phase Two: "The Cythraul Klan's Scrutiny"

  1. "From Ancient Times (Starless Skies Burn to Ash)" – 3:54
  2. "Four Crossed Wands (Spell 181)" – 4:47
  3. "Vorago (Spell 182)" – 5:46
  4. "Bron (Of the Waves)" – 1:32
  5. "Stone of Destiny (...For Magh Slecht and Ard Righ)" – 7:47
  6. "Tara (Recapitulation)" – 1:46
2009 Digipack Re-Release Bonus Tracks
  1. "V.I.T.R.I.O.L."
  2. "Hallstatt"
  3. "Manannán"
  4. "Never Blow Out the Eastern Candle"

Personnel[edit]

Absu[edit]

  • Shaftiel – lead, rhythm, acoustic & bass guitars, voice
  • Equitant Ifernain – electric bass
  • Sir Proscriptor McGovern – voices, drums, percussion and analog synthesizers

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Sir Don Shannon – Bagpipes
  • Sir Vincent Rossi – Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
  • David Harbour – Additional Keyboards and Piano
  • King Diamond (credited as "Masthema Mazziqim") – Additional Vocals
  • Ronnie Trent – Additional Vocals
  • Ashmedi (Melechesh) – Additional Vocals

Production[edit]

  • Arranged by Absu
  • Produced by Absu & Kol Marshall

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Tara Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 30, 2013.