Abomnium are a 1 man band from the Netherlands that plays a very atmospheric form of black metal with elements of death and thrash metal and this is a review of his 2014 album "Solace For The Condemned" which will be released by UKEM Records.
Dark sound effects start off the album before going into a more blackened death metal direction along with some grim sounding high pitched screams as well as a small amount of blast beats and the music also utilizes a good amount of melody along with a mixture of both fast which bring out the raw black metal sounds and slow parts which bring in the doom metal structures.
As the album progresses the music starts utilizing more melodic and atmospheric black metal elements which also have a cascadian feeling to them at times as well as the vocals utilizing more death metal style growls while also maintaining a blackened atmosphere to them and when solos and leads are added into the music they bring a more traditional and classic metal feeling to the recording.
The true black metal side of the music really starts to kick in as the songs go on by as well as getting more depressive sounding in certain sections of the recording, the band also shows that they have some technical death metal elements in some of the later tracks which they also mix in with black metal and some of the cleaner sections of the music have a very progressive feeling to them.
After awhile a brief use of pagan style chanting finds its way onto the recording and when the album returns to a heavier direction the music starts evolving more into a blackened thrash metal direction which also dominates the last few songs on the recording as well as utilizing a more modern day approach to atmospheric black metal and the last track brings in a small amount of synths towards the end of the album.
Abomnium shows a great amount of diversity and originality with his music with the sound being based more in modern atmospheric black metal while also being heavily influenced by thrash and death metal as well as incorporating in a great amount of melodic structures, the production is very professional sounding where you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are included on this album and the lyrics cover science fiction, religion and mind control.
in my opinion Abomnium are a very great sounding atmospheric black metal project with elements of death and thrash metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Condemned" "Witchlight" and "Solace". 8 out of 10.