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Absu - Absu
Review: Underneath the sterling production and the proficient musicianship, this CD is identical to everything else right now: lacking an abstract direction, it grasps at every possibly relevant idea and throws them all together. But then it must unite them, and what do we have in common as our lowest common denominator but the most basic aspects of our personalities? As a result, Absu make an album both solipsistic and exoteric. It throws together death metal riffs, black metal choruses, power metal structures dressed up in death metal technique, and exotic musicianship, but ties them together by sharing its psychology at its lowest point with ours at the same. As a result, these songs are bags of random tied together with sentiment and pandering to the foot-tapping, chorus-repeating, yammering love of the novel that is the monkey part of our brains we all have. Black metal descended into carnival music because it lost abstract direction, and this album fits the carnival music mold -- since there's no ideal for which it strives, it ventures serially into every disparate area of the genre, throwing dynamic and shocking changes our way to keep us distracted, like the soundtrack to a vaudeville or carnival show -- leaving us feeling oddly as if we have been through experiences vast and different that did not touch us at all, leaving our internal equilibrium intact and us wondering where that time went.