Abyys / Besna – Abyss / Besna (Split Release)

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor: Wolmford Productions
Release: September 12th, 2020
Buy Album: https://abyss-deathmetal.bandcamp.com/ // https://besna.bandcamp.com/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/abyss.deathmetal/ // https://www.facebook.com/BesnaBand/

Line-up:

Abyss:
P.-Vocals
A.-Guitars/Vocals
S.-Guitars
Yannick Adams-Bass (Session)
Tim Hanke-Zilles-Drums (Session)

Besna:
Samuel Dudlák-Guitars/Vocals
Martin Pinter-Guitars/Vocals
Timotej Jurášek-Bass
Gabriel Gorasz–Drums

1.  ABYSS – Odi Profanum Vulgus Et Arceo
2. BESNA – Cesta Krvi
3. ABYSS – Din Of Celestial Birds
4. BESNA – Jazero

Review:

The intro to this album is really strong, a nice swell into heavy riffs into a sudden wall of heavy ‘black metal’ guitars. One thing you notice about the “ABYSS/Besna” album is that the production is really good, particularly the guitars. I recommend listening with some good quality headphones.

You will notice some complex stereo guitar and tight drum parts which make this an interesting listen, along with the sudden melodic interval changes. If you are someone like me who isn’t a massive fan of black metal compared to other metal genres, then this is surprisingly good and worth a listen. As well as this, if you are a fan of melodies and different musical time signatures then you will like this album very much.  I have found myself headbanging along throughout the albums. This album combines black metal and metalcore sounds to make a unique post-black metal 4 track album.

The second track “Cesta Krivi” features more of a different flavour of black metal to the first track “Oodi Profanum vulgus Et Arceo.” This has more of a metal core taste to it, which for black metal is surprising but works well. Like I have already said the production is really good, the vocals sit very well with the drums, guitar, and bass.

You’ll be sure to be raising your metal horns to this album and banging your heads. The album seems to soar and get better as the songs go along, particularly with the third track “Din Of Celestial Birds.” The vocalist’s impressive pipes really shine on this song, with belting screams. A really impressive track that has classic black Metal elements; tapping guitar solos; time signature changes; breakdowns… You name it. All the elements that make a unique metal album are there, whatever your preference.

The final track “Janzero” has some nice Slovakian wind instruments and atmospheric guitars during its intro, which (similarly to the first album)  build into a wall of heaviness. The two distinguishing guitar parts work really well in harmony together. As a guitar player and musician myself I can really appreciate the work put into this album, it is unlike any other Metal band I have heard in recent years. If you are looking for something new don’t hesitate to listen.  The music has a very feel-good vibe to it, be prepared for some unexpected musical breaks that make you tap your feet. The musicality draws you in, particularly how the drums and bass perform around some of the guitar solos. The immediate instrumentation you can hear is the heavy rhythm guitars; they hit you in the chest when they kick in. This is because of how loud and well-performed they are. There are a lot of clever musical phrases and interludes that catch you off guard but are much appreciated.

The duel artist songwriting is very clever, with a Germanic / Slovakian influence it gives it a unique type of Black Metal sound. You can certainly hear this in the tracks.

I would encourage anyone who is intrigued by black metal to give it a listen. You won’t be disappointed and I am 110% sure you will listen to it again, as it’s one of those albums that you enjoy much better the second or third listen.

Review by James Cheney

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