Abyssum are a duo from Guatemala that plays an occult form of black metal and this is a review of their 2008 album "Poizon Of God" which will be re-issued in 2021 by The Sinister Flame.
Ritualistic sounding keyboards start off the album and also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music at times. Vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams while some of the tracks are also very long and epic in length along with the tremolo picking also giving the songs more of a raw feeling when they are utilized.
Spoken word parts can also be heard in certain sections of the recording while the faster sections of the songs also add in a great amount of blast beats. Most of the music is also very heavily rooted in the 90's along with the tracks also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Most of the songs also have a ritualistic interlude in between them and as the album progresses a brief use of acoustic guitars can also be heard on a couple of tracks as well as the riffs also adding in a small amount of melody and when guitar leads are utilized briefly they are also done in a very melodic style. The production sounds very raw and old school while the lyrics cover Thelema, Mythology, Occultism, Mysticism, Darkness and Nature themes.
In my opinion Abyssum are a very great sounding old school occult black metal duo and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Sacred Abyss...(...Of Thelemic Mysteries)" "Illusion Of Pan (The Spirit of the Woods)" and "Be Thou Damned Forever". 8 out of 10.