There really are endless possibilities when it comes to creating music within the post-metal realm. Although various elements of metal are incorporated into the music, the sound expands outward into very experimental territory, leaving a whole lot of ground to be explored by musicians involved in this genre. Swiss post-metal quintet Abraham certainly achieve plenty of magnificent sounds and present a mass amount of musicality on their latest record ‘Look, Here Comes The Dark!’ Musicality that involves tentative percussion, vibratious bass tone, and distinctive strings. Distinctive in the sense that they are not only used to produce fuzzy and heavy riffs, but also used as a tool to make atmospheric noise. The album possesses an array of spacious sounds that coexist to create a blackened, doom-laden atmosphere, following along with a dismal, yet brilliant concept. A concept dealing with the slow deterioration of mankind and Earth. One thing Abraham is good at is making every song different from the one prior, offering the listener something a lot of depth and something new within each track.
Released May 11th via Pelagic Records, ‘Look, Here Comes The Dark!’ is a complete journey of an album totaling in at just around one hour and fifty minutes (nineteen total tracks). The bands third full length release shows an enormous amount of progression in songwriting and delivery from their prior two records. Abraham have taken what they were able to accomplish on ‘An Eye On The Universe’ (2011) and ‘The Serpent, The Prophet & The Whore’ (2012) and produce an album that takes the best of both of those worlds. They were able to blend the more ambient sound structure of their first record with the more extreme metal sound of their second record and coat it with an independant garage rock style production.
The opening track I Ride The Last Sunrise comes thundering right in with a stream of percussion and impassioned moans sung by drummer Schlagmeister. This track serves as a very nice introduction to the album as it showcases a very dynamic range for this band. It is one of the only songs to use the clean vocal style throughout the entire song and has an intoxicating psychedelic vibe to it. As the song crescendos into its concluding notes and the next track Wonderful World is introduced, things take a turn in a faster/heavier direction. Oddly enough this song gives off a very groovy Every Time I Die vibe and gets a little heavier than most parts on the record.
Things get a bit darker and more metal oriented in the middle of this album. Tracks such as To The Ground, Silent At Last and Rise Goddess employ faster drumming, sped up guitar riffs and great vocal variations. Lead vocalist Renzo Especial makes use of agonizing screams, vocal shrieks, and low growls to really push a more emotionally extreme agenda. These tracks definitely center more around this bands ability to play a blackened/shoegaze style.
When I mentioned earlier, with each track you are going to get something different, many songs on the second half of this album came to mind. With songs like Vulvaire and Urnacht, the band displays a more proggy sound with a decent amount of playful groove. This leads the listener into the more soundscape/noisey tracks like Wind, Erth and Fire. Concluding the album with an intense build-up in Space Departure that blends into some static noise to complete the listening journey.
Every sound on this record provides a very unique listening experience. Abraham go above and beyond to deliver an experience filled with blackened noise and grungy textures and they were able to keep it interesting for a large majority of this album. They were able to produce very intriguing sounds on this record and created quite a dark ambiance with a very underground appeal to it. They were really able to hone in on their personal sound, but at the same time expand it beyond the reaches of their prior releases.
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