Absu Re-Launches As Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsû

After ending Absu earlier this year in response to an attempted political guilt related seizure by a transsexual guitarist, Proscriptor McGovern has relaunched the band with a similar logo, biography, and approach as “Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsû.”

The band announced its signing to Agonia Records and issued the following statement:

PROSCRIPTOR MCGOVERN’S APSÛ Signs With Agonia Records: New Album To Be Announced In Late 2020

Agonia Records today confirms the signing of the new, Texas-based “mythological occult metal” act Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsû. The debut/self-titled album’s release date is to be announced in the latter portion of 2020.

When drummer/vocalist Proscriptor (Russ R. Givens) dissolved Absu on January 27th 2020, his main intention was to splinter the 30-year old faction into a renewed songwriting concord. Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsû is the obvious by-product of that chemical breakdown and securing the ranks is continuing bassist/vocalist Ezezu and new guitar virtuoso Vaggreaz.

Proscriptor says of the resurgence: “I want people to know that I disbanded Absu to form Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsû with underpinning intention, despite the inclusion of my name, as an armorial bearing to pay tribute to the former sanctuary. I do not consider myself the band’s leader, but more of an administrator. I may be an oppressive commissioner, but Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsû is an equal, collective unit.”

Proscriptor continues regarding the album’s lyrical approach: “This album is written for those who are curious and unwearied in their quest of arcane knowledge. I have (with vast exertion and detriment of time and space) collected knowledge deemed, in regard to my subject theories of ‘mythological occult metal:’ from Thelemic Magick and The Zos Vel Thanatos Formula to Fractal Ontology and (obviously) Near East Mythology.”

The album is being chronicled at studios around the world with final mixing being handled in Dallas, Texas by J.T. Longoria and mastering by Karl Daniel Lidén in Sweden. The album also features guest appearances from Vorskaath (Zemial), Ross Friedman (Ross The Boss), Jeff Becerra (Possessed), Rune Eriksen (Aura Noir/Vltimas), Alex Colin-Tocquaine (Agressor) and The Dark (Agatus). To assemble the album’s packaging with ten separate portrait illustrations, the band has re-commissioned the expertise of renowned Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak.

Final track listing for “Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsû” is:

I. Amenta: Accelerando: Azyn including Hierophantasmal Expounder
II. Esoterically Excoriating The Exoteric
III. Quasaric Pestilence
IV. Mirroracles
V. In-Betweeness Gateway Commuters
VI. Jupiter In Capricornus
VII. Dedicated To Thoth, But Azathoth Wasn’t Listening (A Necroloquy)
VIII. Caliginous Whorl
IX. The Coagulating Respite
X. Prana: Therion: Akasha
XI. Tantrums Of Azag-Kkû
XII. Every Watchtower Within Is The Axis Of A Watchtower Without including Totemic Thresholds


Proscriptor McGovern – Drums/Percussion, Lyricism, Maestro Echoplex, Papago Flute, (Analogue & Digital) Synthesizers & Voices (1st Person Protagonist)

Vaggreaz – Electric Lead, Rhythm & Acoustic Guitar (2nd Person Inquisitor)

Ezezû – Electric Bass Guitar, Implements & Voices (3rd Person Omniscient)

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11 thoughts on “Absu Re-Launches As Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsû”

  1. A Lost Sad Forgotten Spirit says:

    If the readers will allow some optimistic speculation, perhaps the internal conflict within Absu was just what was needed to force a creative evolution. By changing the name, Apsu now needs to prove itself as the rightful heir to the mythological occult metal name.

  2. RDS says:

    All that wizzardly magic, but it couldn’t defeat the most groteque of Lovecraftian beasts – the transsexual!

    1. There’s a good reason the wizard was named Hairy Pooter.

  3. LargeBulge says:

    Everyone in this band is a fucking homo. How can you look at their crimped salon styled hair and skirts and Proscriptor’s gay parade absolutely FABULOUS state banter and not recognize a queer metal band? I know you’re desperate for Texas to have a legitimate 2nd wave BM band but its clearly transexual music, in its fruity riffs and hippy power crystal lyrics.

    1. That’s why I love it.

      1. AAAAARGH! Bloody 2-handed chainaxe blow says:

        That’s why DMU used to be the ANUS! To promote queer trans metal bands! I thought this was clear from the beginning?

        1. All of the sites I work on have been carefully-camouflaged LGBT+ hookup sites. Any relationship to heavy metal or conservative politics is purely incidental.

          1. Chris says:

            Poor Proscriptor is slightly effeminate. I’d imagine the power crystal fantasy speak is indicative of some homosexual possibilities. Not that he isn’t a baddass.

  4. 41% Victorious says:

    Metal Archives is having an aneurysm over this shit.
    It’s pretty entertaining.

    1. DerTeufel says:

      SJW bullshit is a cancer to the black metal underground. BAAH!

  5. Conscriptor O'Subordinate says:

    I don’t know why this is so controversial but King Diamond is a fruit and so is Proscriptor. Dafukk is up with those 5-year-old girl vocals anyway?! It only became ‘metal’ to sing like that because KD had a really talented band behind him.

    Absu’s 90s albums are still very cool though.

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