Abigor is one of the earliest bands that introduced me to Black Metal. I remember Nachthymnen (From the Twilight Kingdom) and I was so excited to listen to something new, extreme and classic, it was all new to me and a path that followed through and never “returned” to my “other self”. Then, in 2001 the band released Satanized (A Journey Through Cosmic Infinity) and I remember that a lot of the fans hated it. It was different from the previous releases; it was “not” Abigor. Personally, I really enjoyed it, and the version I bought actually had their EP In Memory, which I cherish.
Two years later, the Abigor ceased to exist and I was disappointed. Fortunately, in 2006, the band was active again and has released some albums that I liked. Now, in 2014, Leytmotif Luzifer, the 7 temptations of man has come to light and I was looking forward to listen to it.
Let’s read what they have to say about Leytmotif Luzifer: “Is an album written in liturgic form dedicated to the 3rd path to the mysteries of Satan, namely, pure and uncompromising worship, and the pitfalls man has to navigate through, the temptations.
Musically, no synthetic elements have been used, the guitars are completely free of any effects, neither reverb nor any special effects edit were allowed to touch the string instruments on this album. For vocals only reverb and delay has been used, no pitch or chorus or any other effect stained the purity and directness.”
Well, I believe that this is the best Abigor album since the band returned. The album, in my humble opinion (I know I use this expression very often, but I hate to sound like some cocky arrogant bastard that thinks knows it all and has the final work in everything and I am far, far from that, just to make this clear), the album is perfect, or better, close to perfection, as I believe nothing is really perfect. The atmosphere is cold, sinister, aggressive and haunting. The album is fast, varied, insane, it feels like there are knifes cutting you. Razor-shaped guitars, impressive drumming work, psychotic vocals lead you into this chaotic and hellish journey.
I find it very sad that more people don’t appreciate the true art created by Abigor. The band deserves much more attention, to tell you the truth, I don’t think they care about this, but they do deserve more attention and appreciation. If you like Black Metal, Leytmotif Luzifer is a must. So, as I always kindly ask you all, if you like the music, do what’s possible for you to help/ promote Abigor. One of the most unique bands nowadays.
Have a good day.
Album: Leytmotif Luzifer (2014)
Label: Avantgarde Music
Temptation I. Ego
Temptation II. Stasis
Temptation III. Akrasia
Temptation IV. Indulgence
Temptation V. Neglect
Temptation VI. Compos Mentis
Temptation VII. Excessus
P.K. – Guitars, Bass
T.T. – Guitars, Drums, Bass
As guest musicians: Silenius (vocals) and Protector (backing vocals) from Summoning.
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Official Homepage: http://www.abigor.at/
All photos belong to their rightful owners.August 20, 2014