Les légendes du Black Metal autrichien Abigor viennent de dévoiler l'intégralité de leur nouvel album Totschläger (A Saintslayer's Songbook). Il sortira le 20 Décembre prochain via World Terror Committee au format CD, LP et digital.
Le label explique la conception de l'album : "The atmosphere captured on this new release has also opened up from the strictly apocalyptic darkness which contemporary Black Metal more and more embodies almost exclusively, to let those 1980s Metal influences in which have almost been buried in the 90s - be it the the melodic guitarwork or the uplifting, „into the battle“ kind of parts, which were always present in the old days. Therefore, the whole broad spectrum which 90s BM once offered, has been resurrected for „Totschläger“. Riff-based heaviness like the opener Gomhorra Rising (the verses composed as a bow to Euronymous´ eternal regency for such style), slow melancholic hymns like Guiding The Namelss, or ultra-fast devastation like Terrorkommando Eligos - a song which puts every self-declared Panzerführer right into primary school.
Modern symphonic libraries and orchestral samples have been shunned, instead, old-school keyboards bring back an ancient BM feeling, but there is more, almost Power Metal style influences on Orkblut and Tartaros Tides, and rest assured, the complex, sophisticated or progressive strength of ABIGOR is also blazing through at any given moment.
With many newer “orthodox” groups having exploited the legacy of Cain, ABIGOR always hesitated to mention the glorious first murderer on their past releases, yet it was unavoidable this time. The patron of the album unveiled himself as no other than the gruesome slayer, embodying the ongoing thematic thread and combining the various topics of the songs to one figure - the father of archaic violence, the son of an ever-raging rebellion, the divine figure breaking the chains, devoted to the satanic virtues and forbidden paths. He represents the refusal to bow and suppress impulse and instinct, and in this tradition we must ban all fear of consequence, for a shining world opens for those who fight. If blood must be spilled, blood will be spilled. After all, Black Metal still is a radical artform and forever will be. In this spirit, ABIGOR are alone on their field and in opposition to everyone who tries to monopolize or misrepresent the flag-bearer of Eligos, attempts which constantly are pursued, since ABIGOR bow before none and march for nothing but their own values: Everyone who by now isn´t accustomed with these, and with the religious and ideological substructure in general, will find the lyrics printed in a lavish 20 page booklet. Maybe the central line of the album is found on the song Orkblut (Sieg oder Tod): “When all worship is done, when all candles burned down, it´s time to claw at knife and sword again”."
Découvrez le en streaming intégral ci-dessous.
01. Gomorrha Rising - Nightside Rebellion - 06:40
02. Silent Towers, Screaming Tombs - 05:56
03. Orkblut (Sieg oder Tod) - 05:27
04. The Saint of Murder - 05:20
05. Scarlet Suite for the Devil - 05:43
06. La Plus Longue Nuit Du Diable - Guiding the Nameless - 06:29
07. Tartaros Tides - 04:14
08. Flood of Wrath - 04:56
09. Terrorkommando Eligos - 06:18