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Absurd - Facta Loquuntur
Review: In boxy rhythms with marching cadences and anthemic melodies, Absurd have made a fusion of black metal and the oi hardcore punk, in doing so infusing a classicist sense of ancient melody into violent resound, matching their themes of epic loss and conflict. Clumsily strapped-together songs focus around bouncing oi beats or black metal rowing chants in the style of Nordicist projects such as Storm.
For Absurd's case a heavily Teutonic flavor is retained: romanticism meets almost mechanistic functionalism, meaning that hypnotic rhythms come up against vastly dissonant and unresolved phrases which cycle through poetics of emptiness versus intention. Melodic conceptualization follows the upper-echelon of black metal, who fashioned from chromatic parameters a similar modal understanding of melody to Bach, who with his fugues demonstrated overlays of melody so to produce a harmonic theme in multiple variations. This works with the articulate and almost purringly distorted vocals, howled with the best black metal throat possible and alternatingly sung in unsteady but fervent tone.
Epic perspective is added through mixing powerfully centric melodies with melodic and rhythmic breakup for added tension which is resolved magnificently in the declarative themes for each song. Highly creative as this work may be, it belongs to neither genre, but achives a musical fusion on a such a level that fans of theory in any genre have something to gain from this release (although the shoddy production, uneven playing and unusual aesthetic will deter many at first listen).