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Supreme Immortal Art Import


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  • Audio CD
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • ASIN: B0012QI4UO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,454 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Napalm Records. 8 tracks.

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By the time this album was released Abigor really needed no introduction. We also knew what to expect from them, essentially. I don't think anyone was holding out hope that they would be topping "Nachthymnen" anytime soon, but it is merely understood that they would offer up some fairly good Black Metal.

"Supreme Immortal Art" really is a continuation of the material presented on "Opus IV", and while this is a fairly good continuation, it does put me into a bit of a writing rut. There's nothing overly stand out about "Supreme Immortal Art", it's a very good album, but it doesn't stand out against the rest of the Abigor albums as being something different. Abigor is still using the same style of recording they have always used, the thinned out guitar tone and slightly poor production, but just enough so we know what's going on. There are also the touches of keyboards in various tracks to give us just enough of the medieval feel that most Abigor fans relish. Surprisingly there was a lot less acoustic elements on this album, and I would say that's the one major difference from the prior releases. "Supreme Immortal Art" is fast, yet melodic, with a touch of harshness that makes the band what they are.

The one major complaint I have about this release comes in the form of their booklet and the font they used. Seriously, I can't read anything on this. I realize you can't understand what the vocals are saying anyway, but I'm someone who does actually like seeing what the lyrics are about, this does not help. They are written in a greenish font color placed over a pale green background. The calligraphy used makes it literally impossible to read and to top it off the type size is miniscule.
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Supreme Immortal Art seems to usually be seen as a low point for this once masterful Austrian black metal outfit. People regularly criticize it for its ornate, overdone synths coupled with impulsive experimentalism. Indeed Supreme Immortal Art cannot meet up to the masterpiece that is Nachthymnen, but in no way is it a low point, especially when followed by Channeling the Quintessence of Satan, which is completely absent of any atmosphere whatsoever. And then there is the newer stuff like Fractal Possession.... ugh. So yes... in no way is Supreme Immortal Art the low point for this band. What it is is a totally chaotic free-format metal album using the highest quality atmosphere and aesthetics of classic 2nd-wave black metal. Evenything here is still firmly within black metal idiom, but pushed to its breaking point. And they do it a hell of a lot better than ...and Oceans or Dodheimsgard.

This album has a solid symhonic bombast of a solemn variety, much like what one would hear with Silenius's side project Summoning. The synths are cryptic, but have a rich sound and are very full. The previous reviewer describer shit album as a continuation of Opus IV. But it most definitely is not. Opus IV was in my opinion a gutted version of Nachthymnen, lacking in the inspiration of its predecessor. On the other hand, Supreme Immortal Art is like Nachthymnen only in is atmosphere. Everything else is all new. There may be some echoes of the weirdness of Orkblut, but again this is magnified with great intensity here.

I once debated with a fellow fan of Abigor about this album. In that debate I came to point out that the best way to approach this album is to take it in a stream of conscious manner. Ride each idea as it comes and do not reflect on what was previous much.
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