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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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