Verwustüstung / Invoke The Dark Age
Review by Allan on March 30, 2002.
One look at the album cover and liner notes will indicate to you that Abigor are in fact black metal. Liner note photos of band members with corpsepaint may make you laugh, but despite this, the music that Abigor has created for this album is a well constructed. “Verwüstung/Invoke The Dark Age” is an underrated atmospheric black metal opus.
This album is what black metal is about. It’s very solid. Not a weak track on here, it seems like a convoy to somewhere, instead of running into the ground. It is constantly progressing as an album. Excellent atmosphere is conveyed here also. It’s dark, mysterious, angry, loud, melodic, etc. The guitar lines are very convincing and well fitting. They are strong and sharp, instead of dull and monotonous. Part of the reason this album is great is because of the bands ability to compose well. They aren’t always stuck at one tempo, know when to bring in new elements, and know when to change the mood to something more satisfying. The tracks and elements of the album distinguish themselves from each other, instead of being an indiscernible blend. Abigor had the right idea when composing this album.
Bottom Line: I don’t know why this band is as underrated as they are. While not completely original, they are not a copy of the rest of the scene. They are a strong unit and beat out many other black metallers with their strong song writing and ideas. This is an excellent place to start if you’ve never heard Abigor before, and it’s a great album to own if you enjoy black metal.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 8.4 out of 10