ABYSSIC HATE - Suicidal Emotions - CD - No Colours Records
Suicidal Emotions is sublime in its fuzzy guitar
tones, long melody lines and song lengths, and laid back misanthropy.
As an intense, active listen, this album won't deliver the same goods
as it does when listened to in a relaxed, passive situation. Just let
the fuzzy fog seep around you and you'll notice again and again how good
of an album this is. As an extra bonus the last track has an outro of
religious chanting that puts the perfect end to this highly recommended
If you're familiar with Abyssic Hate's work in that
split with Det Hedenske Folk, you'll find the sounds on Suicidal Emotions
quite different. Abyssic Hate is now entirely a one-man project, and apparently
he uses a drum machine, although I'll be damned if I can tell based on
its sound. I find drum machines irking in most cases, but the slow moving
and developing nature of the music on this album makes having a real drummer
less than important. I have to disagree with ~Eternus~' opinion about
the lyrics (see his review below), as I think their cold despair help
cast an even calmer pall to the whole listening experience. And yes, the
cut up guy in the photo is the guy in the band.
review by: ~Eternus~
Hmm... I am in two minds about this one man Australian
band. Four tracks, all obviously about the depressive aspects of life/living
all told via long, drawn-out and early Burzum-esque songs. I do admire
Shane Routs' ability to create a depressive atmosphere via the many simplistic
and torturous riffs, which leave the listener hopelessly lost and yet
contemplative. This ability works best on the first two tracks, which
are both more than 10 minutes long and strangely don't seem to bore me;
maybe 'cause I am used to the style.
Vocals are in a similar style to the earlier vocal
talents of Varg Vikernes, but not quite as good. They are a little too
quiet and seem to take a back seat to the raw buzz of Shane's guitar.
I only wish this CD had better lyrics, as they seem a bit too clichéd
for my tastes. I also don't feel the *evil* like on Burzum`s earlier material,
which is a shame.
However if you like the long drawn-out, hopeless-feeling
songs that Burzum once created and Nargaroth create still, I don't think
you can go far wrong with this release.