Released: 2014, Eternal Death
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
"The Satanic Verses", the third full length album by US Black Metal troupe Abazagorath is an exercise in unbridled hatred, and snarling viciousness.
The Album opens with the frenetic "Mahound". It contains all the hallmarks of vintage BM, with arctic tremolo picked riffing and shrieked devoid-of-warmth vocals. It is a solid, if unremarkable beginning. It is followed by the title track, a slightly more melodic effort which benefits from better dynamics, for instance a superbly eerie breakdown which features delicate picking and ethereal keyboards. Next up is "The Angel Gabriel" which while brutal, is a more considered beast in places. It is followed by "Revelations", a venomous blast of sheer, unbridled brutality. The instrumental "Ayesha" provides a welcome surcease to the previously ensued carnage. "Visions of Azrael" resumes the rampage, a pitch black nasty-as-hell fiend of a track. More compelling is "Return To Jahilia", which is broader in scope and not played at the speed of light. When it does pick of the tempo it has more of a thrash feel to it. The judicious use of keyboards and clean vocals make this this the album's standout cut.
Unfortunately the band struggle to follow it up. The remaining tracks sap the album of momentum. These are the lackluster instrumental "A City Visible But Unseen", the incongruous Trad Metal antics of "Gharaniq" and the blizzard blur of the "Conclusion".
Abazagorath have created an album of well crafted, if slightly uninspired Black Metal. It occasionally sparkles (the title track and "Return To Jahilia"), but all too often feels overly familiar. A minor disappointment.
Review by Owen Thompson