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Abigor - Höllenzwang (Chronicles of Perdition) Award winner

Höllenzwang (Chronicles of Perdition)
by Marcos "Big Daddy" Garcia at 20 January 2018, 8:36 AM

In the middle of the 90s, when Black Metal became known by Metal fans worldwide, many good bands appeared in countries that had no tradition in Metal. Who would know that Vienna, the capital city of Austria, would bring to the world a band as infamous and excellent as ABIGOR? Ok, I know that they aren’t as famous as they deserve, but I truly recommend you to hear their works, especially their latest album, “Höllenzwang (Chronicles of Perdition)”.

Their musical personality is intact after 25 years of activity, and let me tell you: they keep as creative and nasty as they were in the past. Their insight is brutal and aggressive, but always using a great range of morbid melodies created by the guitars and some experimental parts. The vocals are using a vast range of morbid and shrieked voices, what can be difficult for some fans to swallow at the first hearing, but soon you’ll be used to them and drawn into their macabre dark world.

As in their early days, ABIGOR still searches for a sound quality that can bind their Black Metal essence with a comprehensive level of clarity. Obviously their music sounds filthy and raw as a Black Metal band must be, but always having in mind that they aren’t like the others that follow, but leaders that can create whatever they want with their music, and it is what their sound quality shows.

We can say that, besides not credited, ABIGOR is as important to Black Metal as names like BURZUM, DARKTHRONE and some others, because they created something for them on the 90s. And “All Hail Darkness and Evil” (an aggressive and introspective song, with funereal moments and fast ones, adorned with fine sinister melodies), the dense and macabre tempos of “Sword of Silence”, the experimental touches presented on “The Cold Breath of Satan”, the creative harmonies that fills “None Before Him” (what monstrous guitar riffs and nasty vocals), the darkened and morbid slow tempos and raw melodies of “Olden Days” (but pay attention as bass guitar and drums creates a good and technical rhythmic sound mass), the massive holocaust made music of “Hymn to the Flaming Void” (this one has a more classical Black Metal insight on ABIGOR’s way), and the Gregorian hellish chants on “Christ’s Descent Into Hell” can be pointed as their finest blasphemies on “Höllenzwang (Chronicles of Perdition)”.

Let yourself be seduced by the darkness of ABIGOR’s creation!

Originality: 10
Songwriting: 10
Memorability: 9
Production: 10

5 Star Rating

1. All Hail Darkness and Evil
2. Sword of Silence
3. Black Death Sathanas (Our Lord’s Arrival)
4. The Cold Breath of Satan
5. None Before Him
6. Olden Days
7. Hymn to the Flaming Void
8. Christ’s Descent Into Hell
9. Ancient Fog of Evil
P.K. - Guitars, Bass
T.T. - Guitars, Drums, Bass
Silenius - Vocals
Record Label: Avantgarde Music


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