Absolutus are a band from Belgium that plays a very avant garde form of black metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Pugnare In Lis Quae Obtinere Non Possis" which will be released in November by Heidens Hart Records.
A very dark field recording starts off the album and after a minute the music gets more distorted and atmospheric and on the second track the music starts going into more of a fast and raw black metal direction that also utilizes a great amount of blast beats along with grim yet high pitched screams.
Throughout the recording there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some atmospheric elements and you can also hear a great amount of melodic guitar leads throughout the recording and all of the musical instruments on the album have a very powerful sound to them and the songs also bring in a more modern take on the genre.
At times the riffing can be very technical and progressive while still keeping the true spirit of black metal and you can also hear a small amount of spoken word parts being utilized in certain sections of the recording along with the music getting very atmospheric at times and there is also a brief use of death metal growls and the music gets more avant garde and experimental after awhile while also remaining very heavy at the same time.
Absolutus plays a style of black metal that can be very raw and heavy for the most part while also demonstrating a great amount of talent and skill as musicians and also bringing in more progressive, technical and avant garde elements that also takes the genre to a different level, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in their native tongue and cover metaphysical journeys, eerie experiences, dissonance and psychology themes.
In my opinion Absolutus are a very great sounding avant garde black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sunt Verba Et Voces Praetereaque Nihil" "Ego Sum Qui Sum" and "Virgo Dei Genitix". 8 out of 10.