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Review: Abyssum - Poizon of God
Poizon of God

Label: The Sinister Flame
Year released: 2021
Originally released in: 2009
Duration: 33:31
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: May 21, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Poizon of God

Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (3 Votes)

Abyssum may be Guatemala's best-kept secret as they've been around since 1994 and I can't remember ever hearing about them (my memory for names being what it is, that may not mean much.) Poizon of God saw a very limited pressing in 2009 and is now being reissued for all to enjoy.

This duo plays atmospheric black metal that takes you back to the late mid to late-90s. There are some quiet, melancholic and soothing keyboard passages, in fact, that's what album opener "A Cold Whisper Behind the Cosmos" and closer "In Darkness We Will Forever Be..." are all about, but for the most part the album is actually kind of raw, with a guitar sound that reminds me a little bit of Judas Iscariot and raw, raspy vocals that are often just creepy whispers that add a lot to the grim and cold atmosphere that you can feel throughout the album. All of this is mostly slow to mid-paced, but the band do crank it up a notch here and there, catching the listeners who let their guard down while entranced by the slow keyboardy parts. This style of black metal was rather common more than 20 years ago, but I don't hear as much of it lately and Poizon of God makes me realize how much I've missed it. If you like your black metal raw but don't mind a good dose of grim atmosphere by way of gloomy keyboards, this is certainly worth checking out.

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