What happens when you mix Death Metal and Black Metal ? You get Black / Death Metal.
Yeah. How creative...
Still, when it's well done (and I mean well-balanced between those two genres), it sounds great, don't you think ? Now, add some Doom metal to slow things down and you get the most heaviest, depraved, tortured sound ever made. Looks cool, right ? You betcha.
The band we're going to talk about is one of the very best example of this sacrilegious combination (along with Necrite, but I'll talk about these guys later).
Welcome in Hell, fuckers, and welcome to Abyssal.
Released on Bandcamp on January and officially released by Profound Lore a few months ago (on CD version, but there was also a handmade tape version directly sold by the band), Novit Enim Dominus Qui Sunt Eius (which means "For the Lord knew those that are His own") is the second album of Abyssal (UK), and unholy fuckin' fuck, THIS.THING.IS.AWESOME.
This is some top-notch Extreme stuff, and I've been listening to this since it first came out.
We got dissonant guitars, bruuuuutal drumming alterning slow-paced mid-tempo parts and fierce blast-beats, ungodly HEAVY bass sound, and some of the deepest vocals ever, for around an hour of contemplative, yet extremely aggressive music.
Novit Enim Dominus Qui Sunt Eius is the kind of album that sticks you to the ground from the first to the last minute of it, and don't bother resisting, it would be like trying to lift up a fucking mountain. No matter what you do, it won't move a bit, unless your name is Atlas.
Abyssal also knows how to create some good atmospheres, with Droning Noise-like interludes ("Elegy of Ruin" and "Elegy of Staves"), filled with screams, buzzing sounds and shit, that fits very well on this monumental corrupted and demoniac piece of art.
In other words, Novit Enim Dominus Qui Sunt Eius is a must-have. No more, no less.
Now, if you think you're strong enough to take a ride without being crushed to death, you know what you have to do...
Grab it there for 10.49$ +shipping