Throwback Thursday: Absu’s “Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L.” turns 25!

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I think this is the first time since I’ve started doing these Throwbacks again that I’m actually nailing an album look-back post down on its actual birthday. Progress, folks! Anyway, today we’re here to celebrate Absu. Over close to three decades, the world’s come to know these Texans as a pretty much unimpeachable institution of black / thrash metal. But on their debut full-length, Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L. — which turns 25 today — the then-quintet actually leaned more toward death metal than anything they’ve done since. Unsurprisingly, there was still a healthy amount of theatricality to it. Even less surprisingly, it’s still worth your time. Continue reading

Retrospective: Absu’s “Abzu”

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Yesterday, as you may have seen, I spent some time talking about how regionally diverse black metal can be in my review of Italy-based Abhor’s new album Rituale Stramonium. Not wanting to deviate too far from the black metal theme of this week—okay, let’s be real, of most weeks for me—I took this Retrospective opportunity to focus on another region. This time around, I wanted to look at the recent thrash-infused classic out of Texas that is Absu’s Abzu.

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