Having recently conquered North America with second-wave pioneers/living Internet memes Immortal, Plano, Texas, pillagers Absu are currently working on their upcoming album, Abzu, at Nomad Recording Studio in Carrollton, Texas. At the mixing board is J.T. Longoria, whose production resume includes fellow DFW metal warriors Solitude Aeturnus and King Diamond, ex-Guns n' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin, Houston rapper Lil' Flip, and Immortal's brothers in face paint and viral video, Insane Clown Posse. Much like how Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope are mystified by the workings of magnets and rainbows, we marvel at Proscriptor's drum work and songwriting. And judging by his following statement, magick is everywhere in this bitch.
"The entire rhythm section has been successfully tracked and all that remains are mellotron passages and vocal lines. Before attempting the final mix, we plan to transfer the rhythm section onto two-inch tape to thaw out its digital timbre," McGovern said. "With this record, we are appending dirtier elements of psychedelia and fusion. Lyrically, it will descend deeper into Enki's lower world as well the Enochian Magic(k) System. I can tell you this album will definitely not be a 'natural progression' from previous releases, but a feat of metaphysical conquest and murkiness."
The record is set for release later in the year through Candlelight. While the band has previously used the artistic talents of Kris Verwimp for past album covers and layouts, this time, that will be handled by Zbigniew Bielak and Costin Chioreanu. Proscriptor said the switch was made because "we're aesthetically detouring into more mystifying, Thelemic realms: musically and lyrically."
I.) Ontologically, It Became Time & Space
II.) Circles of the Oath
III.) Abraxas Connexus
IV.) Skrying in the Spirit Vision
V.) Earth Ripper
VI.) A Song for Ea including:
b. A Myriad of Portals
c. 3rd Tablet
d. Warren of Imhullu
e. The Waters – The Denizens
f. E-A (Reprise)
European festival appearances:
7/15/2011 Hammer Open Air - Lieto, Finland w/ Inquisition, Autopsy, Primordial and more
8/12/2011 Party San Open Air - Schlotheim, Germany w/ Triptykon, 1349, Skeletonwitch, Morbid Angel and more
8/13/2011 Brutal Assault Open Air - Jaromer, Czech Republic w/ Motorhead, Triptykon, Satyricon, Sepultura and more
9/10/2011 *TBA - Athens, Greece