ABIGOR - Leytmotif Luzifer

Abigor - Leytmotif Luzifer

7 songs
43:09 minutes
***** ****
Avantgarde

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I have been aware of Abigor ever since their inception over twenty years ago, but somehow the Austrians never caught my attention before. And that’s certainly not for lack of talent, as their tenth album Leytmotif Luzifer is boldly showing. One reason may be that Abigor don’t play live shows and are therefore possibly not as exposed and visible as those black metal bands that choose a life on the road.

So this is the first time I actually and consciously listened to an entire album by Abigor, and frankly didn’t hear what I expected. With roots going deeply back into the early Nineties, I may be forgiven to have anticipated something far more primitive than what I eventually had the pleasure to consume. Abigor play progressive black metal with incredibly complex guitar parts that are more often than not multi-layered and really give the listener something to untangle. The production is also more saturated than one might have expected from an early day black metal band. The bass guitar may be mixed somewhat into the back but still comes up at times with really nice moments, and the drums are also more than just functional, even though in the end this is mostly a feast for guitar freaks.

Another important aspect of the album is the lyrical content, and in that way they certainly will rub quite a lot of people the wrong way. The lyrics come in liturgical form, and feel very much like a Satanic mass, in a way that one really gets the impression that this is the real deal, in a Laveyan sense, and not some provocative scraps scribbled by posers. As an Atheist myself, I should find this silly, but somehow the combination of black metal and real Satanism feels like this kind of music was intended to sound in the first place. Fans will note that original vocalist Silenius (also known from Summoning) has returned to Abigor the first time in fifteen years, but this shouldn’t mean that he is once again a member of the band.

The thing about Abigor is that they may never have reached the fame that bands like Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir did, but it cannot be denied that the Austrians sound much more authentic. Just have a look at the masses of reviews posted about their music, and you will notice that there is definitely consent. I can’t really compare Leytmotif Luzifer to the band’s previous works, but I can definitely say that this is an album that will not only appeal to hardened black metal fans, but also to every fan of extreme progressive music.

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