Released: 2012, Candlelight
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Abigail Williams; a band from Los Angeles, CA are known for their amazing albums but ‘Becoming’ for me is something that stands apart from the others.
The album starts off with tranquil wind chimes and haunting guitar sounds with the wind getting stronger which sets the album off to a great atmospheric start and sets a calm energy, until the rest of the guitars kick in! 'Ascension Sickness' is a beautiful song to start, with long scream vocals from Sorceron, this album does have elements of metalcore but keeps to the pure symphonic black metal sounds they are known for. With the elements of nature throughout this album, from strong winds & crashing sea waves, this is an album to easily lose yourself in.
I have to be honest and say there were moments goosebumps hit me throughout my body with melodies so amazing it literally brought tears to my eyes, esp last track Beyond the Veil. This is without doubt their most darkest album to date with the band taking a different direction to their previous albums; a slower, deeper album, but one that can keeps you captivated, with every song having its own feel to it and one you won’t want to end. For me the album improves throughout every song with an amazing build-up, with vocals becoming more demonic towards the end. I also loved the use of the violins with the deep drums, it just works wonderfully! With 6 songs averaging from 10mins long with the last track ‘Beyond the Veil’; my personal favourite, being 17minutes long, I found this one album you can totally lose yourself in!As soon as it finished, I had to listen to it again from the start!
I expect high reviews towards this album and for me this is a very haunting and well mastered album and one to definitely check out immediately! What a great start for 2012!
Review by Jo Blackened