Thron

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ABYSMAL

LISTENABLE ENHANCED 90S SWEDISH BLACK/ DEATH RE­VIVAL Many have tried to re­cap­ture the frag­ile yet mes­meris­ing balance of bru­tal­ity and blaz­ing melodies the Swedes per­fected in the mid90s, with Dis­sec­tion’s Storm Of The Light’s Bane as their guid­ing light. Some­how the Ger­mans have al­ways been good at this game, so it doesn’t come as much of a sur­prise that al­though they wish to re­main anony­mous, Thron are from the Black For­est

area. What does come as a sur­prise is how the lead gui­tar plays a big role here, tak­ing those trade­marked black/death epics to new heights, as if Dis­sec­tion’s late Jon Nödtveidt had drawn lessons from Kata­to­nia’s early mourn­ful style. Housed in sug­ges­tive art­work that would doubt­less have got­ten an ap­prov­ing nod from HR Giger, Abysmal’s taste­ful, stream­lined over­all sound puts it in a class of its own, even if the source of its in­spi­ra­tion is fairly easy to trace.

FOR FANS OF: DIS­SEC­TION, NECROPHOBI­C, EARLY KATA­TO­NIA

OLIVIER BADIN

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