06
Oct
07

Review: Abigor – Fractal Possession (2007)

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As a brand new listener to Abigor, I must give longtime fans of this genre advanced warning, I will not be treating their 2007 album Fractal Possession like their previous works because I simply haven’t been exposed to them. So with that said, let’s get to the review.

Abigor is one of those black metal bands who recognize themselves as artists first and foremost. They can take music and mold it to exactly how they are feeling or what they think will sound good at that time. Their 1996 album Opus IX is referenced as being one of their best releases by their mainstay fanbase, and from the breif exposure I have had to it, I can understand why. It is a classic black metal album, but it is incredibly memorable with some wicked riffs. Now, fast forward to 2007 with their May 2nd release of Fractal Possession, and you’ll likely hear a completely different sound from them. Gone is the traditional Fisher Price recording studio, replaced by some great production that adds a high level of depth to the music. The production though, I doubt is the major problem many fans may have with this release. You see, contrary to their original sound, Abigor has instigated changes in their music that include catchy breaks, strong industrial overtones and some great progressive riffs (and on top of that having very clear production). For long time fans, this change is paramount to the disdain they may have for this release; personally, I love it!

Being a very critical fan of black metal, I have to find something in the music that seperates them from the pack. With Fractal Possession, Abigor shows some incredible songwriting that often plays like a technical progressive rock album (no, it doesn’t sound like Rush). Perhaps even more impressive, is that Abigor doesn’t fall into the trap of orientating too much death metal, too much industrial, and too much folk. Too many black metal bands these days are attempting to find a niche by absorbing over sub-genres into their music instead of simply evolving their black metal sound. Abigor on this 2007 release has created a motley sound that orientates some incredible offbeat riffs and industrial overtones, but is still undoubtedly black metal in its most basic form.

Abigor is no Darkthrone, in fact, they are the exact opposite of all the Darkthrone‘s and Gorgoroth‘s of the world. Abigor do not have to fall into the elitist Nordic black metal niche that plagues so many in the scene, it is possible to be black metal, stay black metal, and be original! Fractal Possession has made me an Abigor fan, and their traditional fans should embrace this sound, because I doubt it is going anywhere anytime soon.

AMAZING…

Top Tracks: All of them!

Similar Bands: Sigh, 1349, Absu

1. Warning 01:53
2. Project: Shadow 05:38
3. Cold Void Choir 06:13
4. Lair Of Infinite Desperation 06:07
5. 3D Blasphemy 05:43
6. The Fire Syndrome 05:51
7. Injection Satan 04:25
8. Liberty Rises A Diagonal Flame 05:05
9. Vapourized Tears 05:10
10. Heaven Unveiled 06:39

A.R. (Arthur Rosar) – Vocals
P.K. (Virus 666, Peter Kubik) – Guitars, Bass
T.T. (Thomas Tannenberger) – Drums, Guitars

End All Life Productions
www.infernalhorde.com/abigor
www.myspace.com/abigorhorde

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WarGlory’s Top 10 of 2007 (so far)

BEST

1. Circus Maximus - Isolate

2. Abigor - Fractal Possession

3. 3 Inches of Blood - Fire Up the Blades

4. Municipal Waste - The Art of Partying

5. Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos

6. Threshold - Dead Reckoning

7. As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between Us

8. Behemoth - The Apostasy

9. Megadeth - United Abominations

10. Agent Steel - Alienigma

WORST

1. Iced Earth - Framing Armageddon

2. Aria - Armageddon

3. Kruger - Redemption Through Loooseness

4. Machine Head - The Blackening

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