Crepusculo Negro is holding a small black metal festival with Absu, Demoncy, Arizmenda, Volahn, Furdidurke, and Vorde on August 12th and 14th in Los Angeles. More information is available on the festival’s Facebook event page.
Spring 2016 will see Absu on their… cumbersomely named “Merelogical Nihilism Connexus Tour”. The main purpose of this tour is building up hype for Absu’s next studio album, which creatively will be named Apsu. As of now, said album is partially constructed, band frontman and percussionist Proscriptor claims that he’s completed recording the rhythm tracks, and makes statements that suggest that a great deal of effort has gone into the lyrics. Hopefully similar effort is being placed into the other aspects of the recording; word on the street is that Absu lost some critical direction and cohesion when they reformed. I guess we’ll just have to listen in; a release date has not yet been set for this material.
A list of confirmed tour dates follows. The gig in Somerville, MA places this technically in my commute radius.
March 17, 2016: Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
March 18, 2016: Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend (with Abbath & High On Fire)
March 19, 2016: Charleston, SC – The Tin Roof
March 20, 2016: Jacksonville, FL – Burro Bar
March 22, 2016: Tampa, FL – Brass Mug
March 23, 2016: Gainesville, FL – The Atlantic
March 24, 2016: Atlanta, GA – The Basement
March 25, 2016: New Orleans, LA – Siberia
March 26, 2016: Houston, TX – Walter’s
March 27, 2016: San Antonio, TX – The Korova
March 28, 2016: Corpus Christi, TX – Boozerz
March 29, 2016: Austin, TX – The Sidewinder
March 30, 2016: Arlington, TX – Diamond Jim’s Saloon
March31, 2016: El Paso, TX – The Sandbox
April 1, 2016: Scottsdale, AZ – The Rogue
April 2, 2016: San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
April 3, 2016: Los Angeles, CA – Complex
April 5, 2016: Bakersfield, CA – Babylon
April 6, 2016: Oakland, CA – Metro Operahouse
April 7, 201616: Sacramento, CA – Starlite Lounge
April 8, 2016: Portland, OR – Ash Street Saloon (Northwestern Black Circle Fest)
April9, 201616: Victoria, BC – Upstairs Cabaret
April10, 2016: Vancouver, BC – Astoria Pub
April 11, 2016: Seattle, WA – The Highline
April 12, 2016: Missoula, MT – The V
April 13, 2016: Boise, ID – The Shredder
April 14, 2016: Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar
April 15, 2016: Denver, CO – Hi-Dive
April 16, 2016: Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
April 17, 2016: St. Louis, MO – Fubar
April 18, 2016: Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge
April 19, 2016: Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
April 20, 2016: Milwaukee, WI – Frank’s Power Plant
April 21, 2016: Columbus, OH – The Summit
April 22, 2016: Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose
April 23, 2016: Rochester, NY – Bug Jar
April 25, 2016: Burlington, VT – T.B.A
April 26, 2016: Portland, ME – Space Gallery
April 27, 2016: Somerville, MA – ONCE Lounge
April 28, 2016: Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
April 29, 2016: Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
April 30, 2016: Raleigh, NC – The Maywood
An ex-Absu member in this band means that comparisons to Absu will be inevitable. However, Absu is basically a death metal band (Barathrum V.I.T.R.I.O.L.) who morphed into a Mercyful Fate-styled heavy metal band with black metal vocals and technical death metal drumming and vocals. The Black Moriah evokes the best of that style by bringing us a more Americanized version of the underlying speed metal that Mercyful Fate made famous (Don’t Break the Oath being its classic) with modern black metal vocals and straightforward death metald drumming.
What is great about The Black Moriah is that these songs preserve what has always separated heavy metal from the rest, which is its ability to tie riffs together and then reduce them to an entirely new statement through a concluding riff. Most of the riffs that form the body of each song are umptempo tremolo-strummed shorter riffs etching out brief melodies suspended in chromatic fills, but these set up each song for concluding material that transforms similar melodies and creates a radical shift in context. The result brings out what death metal did best, which was like H.P. Lovecraft stories evoke new worlds out of the mundane.
Casket Prospects shows us the basis of this band’s vision and where it can improve. Its unfortunate choice of name will lead most people to think The Black Moriah is a metalcore act; further, its similarity to Absu will be appreciated by many but also puts The Black Moriah in a difficult competitive position as an underdog. Also, what The Black Moriah is trying to do is in general a hard sell, since the speed/heavy metal audience has differentiated out into power metal which has driven the death metal audience further apart. However their style evolves, this band have shown a strength in songwriting that will take them far if they can get the aesthetic elements in line.
Texan mythological occult heavy metal band Absu, who began life as a death metal band and ventured into NWOBHM-tinged black metal before arriving at their current hybrid of Mercyful Fate and modern progressive metal, have extended their North American tour dates through the end of the year.
If you have been aching to see these highly technically skilled musicians live and live in the eastern half of the United States, look toward these dates to tell you when to cancel all prior engagements and head to the club.
|11/08/2013||The Shop||Pittsburgh, PA|
|11/09/2013||Down And Over Pub||Milwaukee, WI @ (November Coming Fire Festival)|
|11/10/2013||Cobra Lounge||Chicago, IL|
|11/11/2013||Fubar||St. Louis, MO|
|11/12/2013||Beale Street Live||Indianapolis, IN|
|11/13/2013||The Maywood||Raleigh, NC|
|11/14/2013||The Pinch||Washington, DC|
|11/15/2013||Firehouse Saloon||Rochester, NY|
|11/17/2013||Boot & Saddle||Philadelphia, PA|
|11/18/2013||St. Vitus Bar||Brooklyn, NY|
Many know Absu as the band that transitioned from mythological death metal to heavy-metal tinged black metal to finally a progressive, jazzy, and eclectic blend of metal, Celtic folk and psychedelic fusion styles.
According to percussionist/vocalist Proscriptor, “We’re attempting to divide the concerts into two sections: the first act will showcase songs spanning from our entire discography, as the second act will focus on Phase Two from the album Tara: The Cythrául Klan’s Scrutiny. For the past couple of years, many of ABSU’s followers have requested specified songs from this chapter of Tara, so it is our aspiration to give the people what they want.”
The tour covers North America in the blood of the righteous, and gives Absu a chance to show off their psychedelic rock-metal fusion trilogy: Absu, Abzu and the upcoming Apsu. As always, it is expected that the tour will showcase fantastic musicianship, chaotic pits and manic scrambling of residents for talisman artifacts of protection against the summoned evil.
- 4/05/2013 Millcreek Tavern – Philadelphia, PA
- 4/06/2013 Roger’s – Chesapeake, VA
- 4/07/2013 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
- 4/08/2013 The Windup Space – Baltimore, MD
- 4/09/2013 Middle East upstairs – Cambridge, MA
- 4/10/2013 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
- 4/11/2013 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
- 4/12/2013 El N Gee – Hartford, CA
- 4/13/2013 Theatre Plaza – Montreal, QC
- 4/14/2013 L’Agitte – Quebec City, QC
- 4/15/2013 Wreck Room – Toronto, ON
- 4/16/2013 Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH
- 4/17/2013 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
- 4/18/2013 Rocco’s – Milwaukee, WI
- 4/19/2013 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
- 4/20/2013 Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MT
- 4/22/2013 Dickens Pub – Calgary, AB
- 4/24/2013 Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
- 4/25/2013 Highline – Seattle, WA
- 4/26/2013 Ash Street Saloon – Portland, OR
- 4/27/2013 Shinneybrook Creek Cabins @ Festum Carnis – Soda Springs, CA
- 4/28/2013 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
- 4/30/2013 The Vex – Los Angeles, CA
- 5/01/2013 Ruby Room – San Diego, CA
- 5/02/2013 Rocky Point Cantina – Tempe, AZ
- 5/04/2013 The Boiler Room – Dallas, TX
For more information, check the Absu web coven.