这个德克萨斯的黑暗金属乐队，Absu的音乐细心听来可以追溯到早期的激流金属，这个名单可以罗列出Kreator、Sodm或者Bathory（特别是在那首"The Coming of War"中有明显的烙印）。主打的鼓手是乐队的舵手，每几秒就变换一下歌曲的节奏。另外，漫溢的氛围是歌曲的另一个特征，例如那首纯器乐作品 "Our Lust for Lunar Plains (Nox Luna Inlustris)"或者"A Quest into the 77th Novel"。Absu不是一个全面的独创者，但在于黑暗金属膜拜的神魔之间也只有寥少距离。
Texan metal is usually either very speed/heavy metal, or sounds like Swedish death from the late eighties. Absu combine the two elements, sounding like a Scandinavian death metal band with a black metal ideal and some death metal adaptations in the Western hemisphere style (a good band to compare in terms of approach would be Hypocrisy, who have a similar mix of influences but a different take on the aesthetic of them).
The music is played quickly, with a melodic line running behind some dark riffs. Death metal comes in in the riff structure, which follows the standard all-phrasing little tonality idea that most of that genre embrace, but in the melodic undertones and dark cadences there is potent black metal, something reinforced by the unearthly high-end scream laid down as a vocal track.
Riffing is distinctive pattern shuffling out of the simple elements of power chords, although it mirrors some ideas of (oddly enough) speed metal, in the rhythmic and recursive aspects. Nothing here that Slayer hasn't done better, and it leaves the album somewhat unsatisfying.
Overall a good album if you like stuff like Bestial Warlust, Blasphemy, Impaled Nazarene or other simple grindcore- and deathmetal-influence black metal bands. The added vocals, female and male, and the strange ceremonial nature didn't do it for me as the music sounded like the same core elements I've heard so often, slightly rearranged and dressed in a tribal format. I like this stuff for what it is but it lacks the profundity of Scandinavian releases, both in musical and aesthetic arrangement.
1. An Involution of Thorns 3:07
2. Descent to Acheron 4:33
3. An Equinox of Fathomless Disheartenment 3:13
4. The Thrice is Greatest to Ninnigal 5:00
5. Infinite and Profane Thrones 6:22
6. Fantasizing to the Third of the Pagan Vision 5:29
7. An Evolution of Horns 3:08