This release presents an interesting dilemma: it’s not likable, nor is it even remotely listenable. But in this ugliness reigns a perverse appeal.
The title Evil Genius seems appropriate. Southern Lord, that darkened hamlet of goat whores and Nazarene jissum, licensed from Sweden’s Black Lodge the earliest Abruptum releases and present them to us, genital warts and all.
This is my first time hearing Abruptum — some of you who have read Lords of Chaos will recall one-time member "It (too evil to have a name)," one of the original piglets of Norway’s early ‘90s black metal pyro-pioneers, "The Black Circle."
Abruptum doesn’t sound like your momma’s black metal. It is more like Lubricated Goat meets Happy Flowers. Therein lies its appeal. It is not ordinary.
But listening to Evil Genius is like smelling a really nasty fart for a whole hour. Reverb-drenched tribalisms, TOTALLY random guitar, cat-paw attempts at keyboards, and some of the most unsettling gutturals this side of the pond deliver one of the bravest-sounding recordings on one hand, and the biggest wastes of time on another. Most of the material sounds as though "It," "All," and "Ext" invited homeless people into the studio to play their instruments for them and let the bullshit commence.... heh, you KNOW that didn’t happen but Jesus Christ, the ineptitude of this material is astounding.
And this may be the best fucking thing I’ve heard all year. Or not. Damn it. (Damn It/10)
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