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Abigail Williams

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Phoenix, United States (2005 – present)

The group’s second full album, “In The Absence of Light”, taps into the spirit of the band’s chosen style but injects it with intricate touches of classic and thrash metal. Raw, but clear production and a venomous zeal, it is as infectious as it is lethal.

“The whole record is pretty bleak and depicts a world completely void of light,” says frontman Sorceron. “And I think it’s just a product of the environment we live in and a reflection of the way I see humanity heading.”

In some ways, “In The Absence of Light” is true to the rules of black metal. The vocals are harsh and shrill, sounding like the product of a lacerated larynx. The guitars buzz, rip and roar alongside articulate, rapid licks and blazing solos. And the drums slam and crash like exploding mortar shells, whether battering with blast beats, double-bass rolls or syncopated snare hits. There is just the right amount of haunting keyboard washes, though the keys (all played by Sorceron) take a definitive back seat to those on Abigail Williams’ 2008 disc “In The Shadow of a Thousand Suns.”

“I like keyboards, but before we started this record we decided to get rid of a lot of them because we wanted to do something different. We don’t want to make the same record over and over.”

In addition to scrapping the keyboard overload, Sorceron did away with the studied, belabored work ethic he had when he wrote “In The Shadows of a Thousand Suns.” All of the songs for “In the Absence of Light” were written and recorded in a frenzied four weeks between February and March 2010.

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  • Hizum

    http://www.last.fm/music/Abigail+Williams/+images/100502703

    13 Aug 11:23am Reply
  • buriedbyme

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    2 Aug 10:28pm Reply
  • Shokumori

    I really wish they do more symphonic Black Metal in the future, I think their other stuff is great too but In The Shadow of a Thousand Suns is sublime, symphonic is my favorite sub genre of BM. second only to atmospheric [3]

    26 May 9:57pm Reply
  • AlistairLonardo

    Becoming is a masterpiece. Beyond the Veil is just great [3]

    4 May 4:34pm Reply
  • Eddie-P

    deathcore tag? it's not funny.

    21 Apr 7:59pm Reply
  • AlistairLonardo

    I really wish they do more symphonic Black Metal in the future, I think their other stuff is great too but In The Shadow of a Thousand Suns is sublime, symphonic is my favorite sub genre of BM. second only to atmospheric [2]

    10 Apr 4:56pm Reply
  • p2Trix

    WTF deathcore stupid hipster emo kids

    8 Mar 11:05pm Reply
  • DamienCallisto

    Wow, 'Becoming' is one of the biggest "grower" albums I've ever experienced. Every time I listen to it, I hear a new, absolutely amazing aspect to it. Masterpiece.

    9 Jan 5:31am Reply
  • Aurwandil

    I really wish they do more symphonic Black Metal in the future, I think their other stuff is great too but In The Shadow of a Thousand Suns is sublime, symphonic is my favorite sub genre of BM. second only to atmospheric

    31 Dec 2013 Reply
  • spineshank155

    lol at 'deathcore' tag [3]

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • L-i-l-l-u

    Becoming is a masterpiece. Beyond the Veil is just great [2]

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • lackofevrything

    In The Nightside Eclipse worship

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • CVince9

    Becoming is a masterpiece. Beyond the Veil is just great

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Beerkiss

    That first album just sounds like early 2000's Emperor. So fucking SICK

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • My_Sharona

    lol at 'deathcore' tag [2]

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • superskejcik

    lol at 'deathcore' tag xD

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • NujillicA

    becoming is masterpiece

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • LawLieTicp

    blackcore

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • YvensFaos

    After Becoming I really hope these guys stay in this path. Not that I don't like the rest of their work but the last album really stands out. (3)

    22 Sep 2013 Reply
  • pestcommando

    After Becoming I really hope these guys stay in this path. Not that I don't like the rest of their work but the last album really stands out. (2)

    11 Sep 2013 Reply
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