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  • Pimpolho

    Abigail Williams? Oh, the symphonic blackcore band! Bad jokes apart, i think i will really like this album, for i do like WITTR, and everyone is comparing them. Great review, doc.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Thanks very much. I do like this album and the last one. Not so much the early stuff.

      • Pimpolho

        Every time a want to laugh a bit, i listen to their older albums. That’s how bad i think they are. But i do like their latest, at the time i was like ”WTF! You guys suck! You shouldn’t do good music! Stop!”

        • Kronos

          This is how I feel about the second rings of Saturn album.

          • This is how I feel about Rings of Saturn in general. One of the funniest sets I saw was them opening for Decapitated, Decrepit Birth, and Fleshgod Apocalypse maybe four or five years ago. They came out, replete with some dude on like a 20 string bass, played a flurry of notes that may or may not have been in time, with the vocalist so stoned that his between-song banter bordered on surreal. They got about 10 minutes before something in their rig broke, and after trying to fix it for a few minutes they just left the stage.

          • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

            Guitar Pro crashed?

          • Kronos

            Wait they have a bassist?

          • They did then. God knows if they do now. Could’ve been outsourced to Pro Tools or something.

        • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

          The first two sentences is how I listen to new stuff coming from my home town’s metal scene.

  • AndySynn

    I think you’re a bit harsh on ol’ In The Absence of Light there Doc.

    Sure, I’m not denying it’s a little in thrall to Stormblåst/EDT, but it’s also where you can really hear the genesis of what they’ve become now.

    Also, “Final Destiny of the Gods” is a BEAST of a tune.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Yeah, it was a bit harsh. That album just doesn’t do it for me. But, as with all reviews, this is just my opinion. I will give you “Final Destiny…” That is a decent song.

      • AndySynn

        Damn you and your filthy… opinion!

        There will be blood! And fire! And vengeance! And… angry comments of a vaguely homoerotic nature!

        • I reviewed that one and found it very uninteresting and generic. Now take your homoerotic vengeance and leave the hall!

          • AndySynn

            What about the fire and the blood? Can I have those back as well? That shit is expensive…

          • Leave the camels, take the fire and blood.

          • AndySynn

            I’M NOT LEAVING WITHOUT MY CAMELS!!!

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          No!!!!! Not again!!!!!

    • basenjibrian

      I agree with Andy here. It doesn’t wow me like Becoming does, but I actually enjoy listening to it some times.
      I will definitely check the new disc out, too.

    • IamRipper

      This is actually the first time I ever agreed with you about Abigail Williams.. That song is the only song of theirs I like. I completely hated Becoming.

  • ME GORAK B.C.™

    GORAK LIKE!!!!! GORAK ROCK OUT!!!!!

    • Galeus

      No. The comments sections here at AMG are fantastic places with thoughtful discussion of recent releases. I know you think your shtick is funny, but just go back to the cesspool of MetalSucks comments. You have nothing to contribute here.

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        Because here at AMG we have… The Troll Police!

        • You wot m8?

          And snobbery!

          • Our logo should have a monocle and opera glasses worked in somewhere.

          • basenjibrian

            Both monocles and opera glasses DO involve spheres! To the Microsoft Paint!

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            How about a corpse painted dude wearing a monocle with a pentagram and holding the opera glasses in one hand and throwing the horns with the other?
            The top hat is optional.

          • I thought we did elitism over here. Am I getting that mixed up with snobbery?

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            Snobbery is a symptom of elitism.

      • ME GORAK B.C.™

        GORAK PREHYSTERICAL!!!!!

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    I could have sworn the first two sentences were referring to Metallica. Back in the day. Waaaay back in the day.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      I originally had the line, “you know… Metallica.” But I cut it.

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        Apparently there was no need to keep it.

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          Well, as you pointed out, that’s one of those few bands…

  • Thatguy

    This band really has evolved and I enjoyed their last two. This sounds good too.

    I came across their first EP on Bandcamp recently and had a listen. Oh, dear was it bad. I really admire these guys for sticking to it and improving

  • Shawn Cypher

    I look forward to this, I too, didn’t like them until Becoming, but Becoming was VERY good.

  • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

    Ace review as always Doc! Personally I never got this band and I probably never will. Didn’t like them when they were Dimmu Core-gir and still didn’t like them when they took a more serious turn.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Why do you think I setup a speaker system from my office to yours, with The Accuser playing on repeat?

      • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

        Dammit, I KNEW the office didn’t suddenly get air conditioning!

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          I hope you appreciate the punking. That was an extremely expensive job. And I paid for it out of my own pocket until AMG, Inc. reimburses me.

  • John Mosley

    “A buttload of character…” Is that metric or standard?

  • Martijn Brugman

    Some decent hall-screaming going on here. The sound of trvly freshly showered blackmetalists

  • basenjibrian

    There is an ominous, and I mean ominous, groove that runs through the middle of this album I am really liking.
    Only complaint is Becoming had more variation than this album.