Abruptum’s place in Black Metal folklore is forever immortalised by the fact that they were once signed to Euronymous’ Deathlike Silence Productions. And the late Mayhem guitarist described their music as “the audial essence of pure black evil”. A shining endorsement if ever there was one, but I must say I have my doubts as the hype surrounding this one-man entity (fronted by Marduk six-stringer Evil) by far outweighs the substance.
The problem is that the essence of evil isn’t really worth listening to. Perhaps it is too evil; maybe it’s evil personified – in all the wrong ways… One might as well visit a busy car park or an inner-city building site during rush hour and just stand about listening to the surrounding chaos. This album – with four songs, each representing a horseman of the apocalypse – is all about impenetrable subterranean ambience, a darkness so dark and annoying that it can achieve only one result: a fucking headache.
Maybe I’m just not arty or pretentious enough to appreciate it but when you choose to leave the Black Metal at the door and focus entirely on noise / dark ambience, then your music is pointless. This is a complete waste of disc space.