Sound — 9
This is Absu's first album in 8 years and it was definitely worth the wait. Proscriptor is the only remaining member of the original band but he is the driving force behind their style and energy anyways. He is an amazing drummer and he showcases his fills and double-bass style drumming throughout the album. Proscriptor also writes the majority of the lyrics and sings throughout the whole album in a growling type style, similar to the vocals of early Kreator, Skeletonwitch, and Immortal. I think the vocals sound amazing, this harsh kind of raw growls are what I prefer but some people may not be able to handle them but I personally love the aggression and raw energy that the singer captures in his vocals. This album, however, is not just Proscriptor doing drum rolls on-top of furious double bass beats while growling; there also are two new members who switch off doing bass and guitars- both lead and rhythm- they also do synths and various instruments such as the mellotron which furthers the band's unique blend of thrash and black metal and it sometimes adds an atmosperic sound but overall the guitarists fire off a constant onslaught of riffs with quite some tremolo picking and a solo every other song or so, which some guests partake in which this album has a lot of, including help with lyrical content. The only downside for me is that the bass is not used very much and when it is it is pretty low in the mix.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are very cool and follow their continuing theme of Mythological Occult Metal. The themes are about ancient scriptures and beliefs and it comes off very esoteric. These kinds of lyrics fit the music perfectly and goes well with Prosciptor's voice. It is very easy to zone out while listening to this album and just feel like you're in a different time or plane of existence.
Overall Impression — 9
This album is a step up from 2001's Tara but not by a whole lot; then again it depends on how you viewed Tara originally. If you are a fan of Tara then you will love Absu's new release. If you are not pleased with Tara then I doubt you will like Absu much more. This is the second best album of 2009, in my opinion, falling behind Skeletonwitch's 'breathing the fire', which is an amazing band live by the way. So to sum things up, if you are a fan of blackened thrash metal, or death metal or metal in general- excluding lighter bands like A7X and Five Finger Death Punch- then you will love this album or at last enjoy it. If you're still not sure about buying this album check out "Between the Absu of Eridu and Erech" then see if this kind of extreme metal is right for you.