REVIEW: Opus: Decay, Abominor


Icelandic Black Metal continues to go from strength to strength with a strong release coming from the 323,000 population of the isle on an almost monthly basis. With a style that encompasses sharp and suffocating riffing that reflects the harshness of the volcanic surrounds and it’s Northern location, it’s no surprise why it is such fertile ground for dark and twisted extreme metal that gives the feeling of being the yang to the yin of the supposed ‘happiest people on earth’.

Next on the production line is Abominor. Hailing from the nation’s capital of Reykjavík, their latest EP Opus: Decay has just been released by one of Europe’s most consistent record labels in the brilliant Ireland based Invictus Productions. With this release running at just a shade over twenty minutes and featuring only two tracks this is a short statement of intent which features no members currently involved in any other of the scenes big hitters, something that is quite rare within the isle. Starting out as they mean to go on, the first offering is a track called ‘474’ which is the opus of the EP consisting of nearly 13 minutes of crushing, claustrophobic and twisted Black metal. The EP’s second track and self-titled piece weighs in at nearly 9 minutes and offers a less expansive and more cut throat edge that is achieved through its demonic drumming and pained vocals offering an exhilarating ride in the name of death worship!

Abominor are a band who are undoubtedly going to reach the level of praise and admiration that their peers have received upon release of their debut full lengths in time to come. The sooner this happens the better, so let’s hope we don’t have to wait another 5 years between releases. Opus: Decay is available as a name your price download here now.



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Artist - Hammerfest IX
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Venue - Pwllheli, Wales

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