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Photos by Tom Couture
The music of Absu has been described as mysterious, magical, majestic, powerful and progressive, with recognizable elements of death metal, black metal, thrash, Celtic, folk, jazz fusion, prog-rock, ambient, and psychedelic music. The band themselves has always dubbed their unique sound “mythological occult metal.” This style of supernatural music has earned Absu a strong cult-like status all around the world. Their allure lies in their ability to combine extreme metal with progressive overtones, classic song-writing, esoteric lyrical themes, and magnificent showmanship.
Since 1989, Absu have released six critically-acclaimed albums, along with over a dozen singles and EPs. They have toured the world many times over and shared the stage with some of extreme music’s most heralded bands: Entombed, Unleashed, Immortal, Vital Remains, Incantation, Autopsy, Sadistik Exekution, and others.
Absu make their first ever stop in Maine on their Merelogical Nihilism Connexus Tour. The 42-city trek will see the band perform a brand new set with music spanning their 25-year recording career. It is the first proper American tour by the Texas-based mythological occult trio in three years and precedes the release of the band’s first album in five years.
This show marks the debut of Obsidian Tongue’s Brendan James Hayter joining Shabti on bass guitar.
“Overflowing with riffs that have structural difficulty (without any Racer X-style solos), Paracusia remains an album of songs, not Berklee-trained boredom. The mid-range sound of the guitars snarl in and out of pure death metal, thrash, and black metal atonality, but flow from one section to another in a manner that always makes sense and keeps you attuned to the composition beneath the performances.”– Worm Gear review of “Paracusia” CD (self-released)
HOLY FILTH (Maine)
Uncompromising, gritty heavy metal from Bangor, Maine – filling the position for Portland’s Hessian, who had to cancel, due to a recent injury in the band. A suitable replacement, indeed!
“Journeys of transformation across the living earth, within and beyond. Being transfixed by eternity and death, becoming death (as when your life flashes before your eyes in a moment of extreme danger, disaster or illness and you connect with something more eternal than meat and emotions). It’s about those who succeed in transforming and surviving and those who fail and break in the same process, a herd of human animals trampling each other, changing, dying and escaping in the quest for some kind of frontier where ‘freedom’ has consequence, weight, and is more than just choices at the salad bar, but is instead the living and dying of all your friends and enemies and the rewriting of history in your own image.” – G.S. of Feral, interview by Robex Lundgren