Abduction are a solo project from the United Kingdom that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very modern yet traditional style of black metal and this is a review of his 2019 album "All Pain Is Penance" which will be released in March by Inferna Profundis Records.
A very fast and raw sound starts off the album along with a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very chaotic style along with the vocals being mostly grim yet high pitched black metal screams and the songs also add in a great mixture of both old school and modern influences.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while ritualistic soundscapes and atmospheric elements can also be heard briefly. Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and as the album progresses some of the riffs also start incorporating more melody.
Acoustic guitars can also be heard briefly which also gives the recording a lot more diversity. All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them and one of the later tracks adds in more of a drone style before returning back to more of a black metal direction on later tracks. The production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover occultism, anti religion, depression and darkness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Abduction and if you are a fan of dark and aggressive black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Infinite Ancient hexes" "Embattled" and "The Funeral of Cosmic mastery". 8 out of 10.