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Black Abyss
Angels Wear Black
December 2004
Released: 2004, Massacre Records / Sound Pollution
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

A little background info on this new band. To begin with this German band started off making a few demos and playing live in Germany and the guys went through member changes as well. The band recorded the debut LAND OF DARKNESS in 2000 but apparently they have had problems with labels. Well, now it’s time to follow up the debut with this album ANGELS WEAR BLACK and if you’ve done your math you’ve figured out that it has taken them four years to release a follow up. During October of 2004 Black Abyss went out on the road in Germany and the countries around with the Swedish band Steel Attack and headliner Exciter.



The name Black Abyss sounds like a black metal name but it isn’t in this case. I would describe the music as being power metal influenced by heavy metal partly through the album.



I don’t know which studio they’ve used neither when the album was recorded. Dieter Roth has done the production and he has done a good job indeed. The soundis hard and heavy, a typical soundscape for this music. There are quite a lot of guitar riffs and double bass pedals with the lead vocals tuned up in the mix.



Oliver Hornung has a really varied voice and he ranges from ordinary vocals to more aggressive singing. Hornung sings so good in English that you think it’s his native language compared to many other non-English artists.



The only remaining question is if this is good or not. Well personally this impresses me a lot. This is pure well played heavy/power metal with really strong material and competent musicians and a singer that lifts the music higher. Even the dark cover of this ten track album works for me, it really mirrors the music. I can really recommend this to all the heavy/power metal freaks out there.



Favorite tracks are “Damnation”, “Dark Legacy”, “Shadows Of The Past”, “Pure Evil” and “Time”.
Track Listing

1. Damnation
2. Unholy War
3. Dark Legacy
4. Shadows Of The Past
5. Pure Evil
6. Rebellion
7. I Don’t Care
8. The Messenger
9. Time
10. When Angels Wear Black

Lineup

Oliver Hornung – lead vocals
Stefan Röder – guitar
Harald Klenk – guitar
Andreas Siegl – bass
Andreas Heidmann – drums


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