Reviews for Black Metal, Death Metal and some Ambient! The concept behind this site is to do full discography reviews. I will do my best to track down an entire discography to celebrate a band's evolution. I'm pretty strict on sticking to those genres, so please don't request I review something else. I also buy the vast majority of all the things I review and I don't really take promos from labels or demos from bands. If you're worth hearing, I will probably find you.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Abîme - Échos De Gloire
Oaken Shield, 2005
Genre: Black Metal
2. End of Hope, Begin of the Conquest
3. Renaissance des Abysses
4. Death for the Slave
5. Constellation du Sens
6. Ode a la Haine
7. L'Appel du Sang
This is a completely random purchase on my part. The only thing going for this band was that
Oaken Shield put this out. Since I like
a lot of the material they have released, I decided to give this project
a try… at the very least I might wind up owning all the Oaken Shield
releases. Besides, the album cover has a
tank on it and tanks are pretty cool.
The tank on the cover of this album may be the best part of the CD. This is a horrifically generic
project and they’re not even doing something well within the realms of
generic. The guitar riffs don’t seem to
be very terrible, so it was tough for me to figure out why I disliked this as
soon as I heard it. I think it has to do
with the guitar tone. The distortion
setting on this album feels extremely “noisy”, which detracts from the kinds of
riffs they are playing. If you listen to
Blut Aus Nord’s “Mystical Beast of Rebellion” you’ll hear an example of a guitar
tone which sounds very good.
As I said before the riffs played on the guitar are actually fairly decent, but they are played far too much.
They’re fairly standard well done riffs, but they’re not epic or awe
encompassing, so when you play them for eight minutes you’ve heard them too much. I think that if the songs were half the length they
are on this album it might not be such a daunting listen. Or, an even better option put some killer
lead parts over these riffs. You can
easily make these riffs into some really expansive Black Metal, but that never
seems to happen. All we ever get from
Abime is the rhythm guitar and that just isn’t enough to hold this music
The drums on the album are also programmed, as far as I can tell
anyway, and they are not programmed well.
For whatever reason there is simply no high-hat in the mix. So when you go into a blast beat section that
features the high-hat all you hear is snare.
I can’t tell if there are any crash cymbals in the mix, because the only
cymbal I ever seem to hear is the ride, which shows up quite well. I don’t know how this went wrong in the
In the end I feel like this is a fairly lazy album. There’s really no excuse for this kind of
thing in 2005. Even the booklet is
fairly lazy. It has a tank on the cover,
a picture of Yggdrasil on the back and then the interior is all black with the
lyrics printed. That’s all we get for
spending money on this. Perhaps if they
had spent more time with this it could have been quite a good album… but that
is not the case. Honestly, I would
recommend skipping this, there are better things out there.