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Review: Abigor - Satanized

Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 41:37
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: November 24, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 2.45/5 (49.09%) (22 Votes)

The Austrian black metallers are back. Not that they were gone or anything. Love 'em or hate 'em, Abigor is one of the most productive Black Metal bands out there. This new album, while maybe more varied musically than their previous "Channeling the Quintessence Of Satan", has some flaws that still make me prefer its predecessor. First of all, I find the synths a bit annoying at times, they're way too into the foreground and take too much place. My main gripe about this album however is that at some points the vocals are downright annoying, and hard to describe. It sounds like clean vocals altered by synths sounds. At times it sounds like voices from some stupid cartoon. Fortunately there isn't too much of that, although it's still enough to ruin the listening experience for me. In fact I think they should drop the clean vocals altogether, they're not too good at this.

The music itself is very fast-paced, brutal yet a bit watered down by the use of synths which take away from the atmosphere while they should normally help create it. Why they use those is beyond me, I think it just overloads the sound without really bringing anything to it except in a couple of places. Ok I've highlighted the negative but if you can get past that stuff, the album is actually good - if you like the fast stuff of course, since this is fast from beginning to end without giving much time to catch your breath. There's some pretty good guitar work when it's not overshadowed by the synths, and the drumming is demential at times. Still not something I'll be playing much for reasons previously stated. There are other albums I'd recommend buying before this one.

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