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Absu

Formed: 1989
From: Dallas, TX, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Absu News

Below is our complete Absu news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Trve Brewing Company Announces Absu Ale

Denver, Colorado's Trve Brewing Company is proud to announce details on the first out of four ales, titled Eastern Candle, which is dedicated to the mythological occult metal act Absu.

In honor of "The Sun Of Tiphareth" album, Trve has created Eastern Candle - a pale wheat beer fermented with brettanomyces in white wine barrels. The ale is a fine equilibrium of wheat and white wine with a slight, fruit-like yeast character. (Fittingly named after the song "Never Blow Out The Eastern Candle"). The three forthcoming beers to be unleashed are as follows:

Tiphareth - Red Ale: This will be a soured beer with a mild strain of brettanomyces fermented in red wine barrels. This fusion will have a nice malty, tart, yet dry balance including red wine adding a background complexity.

Manannán - Brown Ale: The Manannán batch will feature rye in the grain bill, as it will be soured and fermented with a shrouded strain of brettanomyces in whiskey barrels. This will be a more assertive brew with malt character and plenty of obscurity from the yeast while also showcasing the barrel flavors.

Winter Zephyr - Black Ale: A dark wheat and dark rye concoction giving the beer its cryptic color. This ale will highlight a fair amount of oats to retain vast body after the brettanomyces have alchemically fermented in wine barrels. More...

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Absu Announces Tour Dates, Working On Album

Absu today announces details on an upcoming run of shows, titled the North American Connexus Continuation.

The ten-city tour will see the band perform a complete set with music spanning throughout its twenty-two year recording career. This excursion is a follow-up mini-tour by the Texas mythological occult metal trio in support of "Abzu" (reviewed here) - the second of a planned trilogy of recordings.

Vocalist/drummer Proscriptor shares, "Since the release of our latest recording, Abzu, the response has been extremely vehement and now is the perfect moment to continue spreading the album's essence throughout unchartered regions the band did not perform in earlier this year. We purposely waited until the timing was ideal to embark on this additional journey, as we shall continue contaminating the communities with our craft of Mythological Occult Metal."

Proscriptor also adds, "We have begun the composition/arrangement process for the next album, suitably titled Apsu, which is the Sumerian-Akkadian spelling of the band moniker. We shall wait until the new album is released before we present any of the new material in a live atmosphere." More...

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Manilla Road Closes Out Chaos in Tejas 2013

Manilla Road has roots as old as most of the NWOBHM bands that helped define heavy metal as we know it. Somewhat under the radar, the group didn’t popularize metal to the extent of Mercyful Fate, Venom, Iron Maiden and Manowar. However, as noted by the die-hard fans, knowledge fans who attended the group’ rare performance on the last night of Chaos in Tejas 2013, Manilla Road surely put its stamp on heavy metal. One fan pointed out how the group influenced Candlemass and even held the door open for Candlemass to enter this world.

Manilla Road’s reluctance to tour surely kept them out of the above bands’ spotlight. They are a cult act. It was for this very reason many showed up for tonight’s show. Red 7’s dual stages offered a tremendous package with Texas’ own USBM instigators Absu playing on the indoor stage. The night was spent walking back and forth between the two stages. The indoor stage’s overcrowding mixed with humid temperatures resulted in, what felt like, a twenty-degree temperature difference. More...

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Absu Embarking On North American Tour

Absu today announces details on an upcoming tour, titled the "North American Connexus Conjuration." The 26-city tour will see the band perform two full sets with music spanning its entire 20-year recording career.

This is the first full tour by the Texas-based mythological occult trio since the release of "Abzu" (reviewed here), the second of a planned trilogy of recordings. Vocalist/drummer Proscriptor shares:

“Since the release of our latest recording, Abzu, the response has been extremely vehement and now is the perfect moment to commemorate the album’s essence throughout North America. We purposely waited until the timing was ideal to embark on this journey, as we shall contaminate the communities with our craft of Mythological Occult Metal. We’re attempting to divide the concerts into two sections: the first act will showcase songs spanning from our entire discography, as the second act will focus on Phase Two from the album Tara: The Cythrául Klan’s Scrutiny. For the past couple of years, many of ABSU’s followers have requested specified songs from this chapter of Tara, so it is our aspiration to give the people what they want.” More...

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Exodus To Headline Slaughter By The Water

Slaughter By The Water 3 is pleased to announce the addition of the almighty Exodus as this year’s main stage headliner. The main stage will also include performances by Philm, Severed Fifth, Absu, Witchaven, Impaled, Autopsy, Fog of War, and Abysmal Dawn.

The Pier stage will include performances by Enemy In Peril, Desecrator, Necrosin, Hemotoxin, Ulysses, Siren, Scars of Envy and ZH. A video of Bay Area thrash legends Testament announcing Exodus as the headliners is online now and can be viewed below.

The third annual Slaughter By The Water event will take place on August 25th, 2012 on the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier in Alameda, CA. Sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, Lock & Shock, Rock The Bike, Bay Area Rocks, Scion, Native American Health Center, Dunlop, Anchor Bay Tattoos, Ustream, and Expressions College, the event is hosted by Testament’s Chuck Billy, who recently sat down and recorded an intro video which can be viewed here.

Advance tickets for the main stage performances (general admission) are on sale now and are just $35.00. Tickets cost $45.00 at the door. Tickets are available at this location. Main stage performances begin at 5pm and go until 12:30am aboard the USS Hornet. More...

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Slaughter By The Water Details Revealed

The third annual Slaughter By The Water event will take place on August 25th, 2012 on the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier in Alameda, CA. Sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, Lock & Shock, Rock The Bike, and more, the event is hosted by Testament’s Chuck Billy and includes performances by Philm, Severed Fifth, Absu, Witchaven, Impaled, Autopsy, Fog of War and Abysmal Dawn.

More announcements including the full line-up and headliner are coming soon. Chuck Billy recently sat down and recorded an intro video which can be viewed below.

Advance tickets for the main stage performances (general admission) are on sale now and are just $35.00. Tickets cost $45.00 at the door. Tickets are available here. Main stage performances begin at 5pm and go until 12:30am aboard the USS Hornet.

From noon to 9pm, access to the entire pier, which includes Pier Stage entertainment, food vendors and retailers, is FREE to the public. The pier stage is powered by Rock the Bike and the bands performing will be announced soon. More...

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Absu Streaming New Single

Mythological occult metal discoverers Absu have announced the release of their new single, "Hall of the Masters," courtesy of this year's Adult Swim Singles Program. The track was recorded at Nomad Recording Studios in Carrollton, Texas and once again mixed by J.T. Longoria. An official video to accompany the song will be released on September 10th directed by filmmaker Daniel Garcia.

Stream Absu's "Hall of the Masters" at this location or in the player available below.

Absu has also confirmed new festival and tour dates for the Summer and Fall months. Late August will see the band performing at Slaughter By The Water III -- the annual fest taking place in Alameda, California aboard massive aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Hornet -- followed directly by two shows in Mexico City and San Luis Potosi, Mexico. November sees the band traveling to South America for a string of eight shows throughout Columbia, Chile and Brazil. More stateside tour actions are being confirmed to be announced in the weeks ahead.

8/25/2012 Slaughter By The Water III - Alameda, CA
8/31/2012 Steel Metal Bunker - San Luis Potosi, Mexico w/ Malevolent Creation
9/01/2012 Flying Circus - Mexico City, Mexico w/ Hate Eternal, Malevolent Creation
11/09/2012 TBA - Medellin, Columbia
11/10/2012 TBA - Cali, Columbia
11/11/2012 TBA - Bogata, Columbia
11/13/2012 TBA - Chile
11/15/2012 TBA - Brazil
11/16/2012 Beco - Porto Alegre, Brazil
11/17/2012 Music Hall - Belo Horizonte, Brazil
11/18/2012 Carioca Club - São Paulo, Brazil More...

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Absu Cancels Chaos In Tejas Performance

Mythological occult metal artisans Absu regretfully announce the cancellation of their set at this weekend's Chaos In Tejas festivities, where they were confirmed to headline the show at Red 7 this Saturday with support from Terrorism, Loss, Morbosidad, Ares Kingdom and Black Witchery.

Immediately following a bludgeoning performance at the opening night of this year's sweltering installment of Maryland Deathfest this past Thursday night, Absu drummer/vocalist Proscriptor had to rush back to Texas due to a knee infection.

Following two surgeries, Proscriptor will be in good health and back to 110% efficiency by the mid portion of June, but not in time to perform as scheduled on Saturday night.

This cancellation is disheartening to the band for the moment, as the act was fully planning on leveling all in earshot at the performance this weekend; however, this procedure will now ensure that the band will be fully operational for the previously mentioned forthcoming Absu live assaults throughout North and South America, which are being confirmed now to be announced in the weeks just ahead. Stay tuned to be inundated with new information on said events.

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Absu Gearing Up For Maryland Death Fest

Mythological occult metal tormenters Absu will dominate American audiences with several confirmed performances in the coming weeks, including a live assault in Baltimore this Thursday night as part of the opening night to the Maryland Deathfest 2012 mayhem.

Absu will be joined on stage that night by a plethora of other extreme acts including Rorschach, Dying Fetus, Eyehategod, Agalloch and headliners for the evening, Autopsy. A full running order for the fest and all other MDF info can be found here.

A week after MDF, Absu will slay this year’s Chaos In Tejas in Austin, Texas on Saturday, June 2nd, headlining the indoor stage at Red 7, with support from Terrorism, Loss, Morbosidad, Ares Kingdom and Black Witchery.

5/24/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest
6/02/2012 Red 7 – Austin, TX @ Chaos In Tejas

Further live assaults throughout North and South America are being devised now for disbursement in the coming weeks. The following press release was also issued about the band's latest album:

"Absu’s sixth full-length, 'Abzu,' takes the band’s signature occult black thrash mythology to dark new calculating territories through a whirlwind of razor-sharp riffing and some of the extreme metal world’s most top-notch drumming. The second part of an ongoing trilogy of albums, which began with 2009’s acclaimed 'Absu,' and will eventually come to a finale with 'Apsu,' 'Abzu' was recorded at Nomad Recording Studios in Carrollton, Texas, and finds drummer/vocalist Proscriptor and bassist/vocalist Ezezu sharing equal vocal duties and debuts the skills of new guitarist Vis Crom. The record was mixed by J.T. Longoria (King Diamond/Solitude Aeternus), and features original cover art from Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (Watain, Behemoth, Destroyer 666, Vader)." More...

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MDF 2012 Full Lineup And Set Times Announced

The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012. Tickets are still on sale for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with Thursday is sold out.

The final lineup is confirmed and the running order and set times have been announced as follows:

Thursday, May 24th - Entrance opens at 4:00 pm

Main room
Extermination Angel - 4:45 - 5:10
Die Pigeon Die - 5:25 - 5:50
Needful Things - 6:05 - 6:40
Rorschach - 6:55 - 7:40
Dying Fetus - 7:55 - 8:40
Absu - 8:55 - 9:40
Eyehategod - 9:55 - 10:45
Agalloch - 11:00 - 12:00
Autopsy - 12:15 - end

Friday, May 25th - Entrance opens at 3:00 pm More...

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Absu Cancels Tour Dates In Brazil

Due to unforeseen visa issues, mythological occult metal pioneers Absu have been forced to cancel their previously scheduled dates in Brazil this week with Inquisition.

Comments Absu vocalist/percussionist Proscriptor McGovern: "First of all, we bitterly regret having to cancel our Brazilian tour being our debut South American appearance. Due to visa applications being inadequately processed, we cannot legally enter the country at this time; however, we are presently working with our agency to solidify rescheduling for the middle of October. We sincerely apologize to the Brazilian followers of ABSU who wanted to witness the band for the first time.”

Affected dates (All shows will proceed with Inquisition and local acts):

March 16th, 2012 Belo Horizonte/MG (Brasil) @ Music Hall
March 17th, 2012 São Paulo/SP (Brasil) @ Hangar 110
March 18th, 2012 Recife/PE (Brasil) @ Mercado Eufrásio Barbosa
March 19th, 2012 Porto Alegre/RS (Brasil) @ Bar Opinião

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Chaos in Tejas Festival 2012 Schedule

Chaos in Tejas has released its schedule for the the punk flavored music festival that takes place May 31st through June 3rd, 2012 at various venues in Austin, Texas. Saint Vitus, Nasum, Winter, Absu and Toxic Holocaust are among the artists scheduled to appear at this year's installment.

Chaos in Tejas 2012 schedule is as follows: More...

Read the full article at Chaos in Tejas.

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The Konsortium To Play Inferno 2012

Norwegian act The Konsortium is the latest band to be confirmed to play at the Inferno Festival 2012, which takes place from April 4th - 7th. For more details, head over to the festival's official website.

The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Absu Announces European "Connexus Conjuration"

Absu has announced the dates for the upcoming European "Connexus Conjuration" tour 2012, which will also feature Impiety. Details are as follows:

06.04.12 Norway Oslo @ Inferno Fest (Absu only)
07.04.12 Switzerland @ Winterthur Salzhaus
08.04.12 France Paris @ Glazart
09.04.12 Belgium Antwerpen @ Trix
10.04.12 UK Manchester @ Moho
11.04.12 Ireland Dublin @ The Pint
12.04.12 UK London @ Underworld
13.04.12 Germany Oberhausen @ Helvete
14.04.12 Germany Lichtenfels @ Ragnarök Fest (Absu only) More...

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Absu Announces "Connexus Conjuration" Tour

Following Absu’s previously announced upcoming North American and European live abominations confirmed this Autumn, January 2012 will see the mythological occult metal group performing on Australian soil for the first time, headlining the Connexus Conjuration Tour.

Australian audiences will be treated to four special shows on this upcoming tour; one each in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart. Absu will bring support from Portal and Ruins. Absu confirmed live rituals:

10/22/2011 Bonds 007 Rock Bar – San Antonio, TX
10/29/2011 Aurora Infernalis Festival – Driel, Netherlands
11/10/2011 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Infernal Stronghold
11/11/2011 Club Europa – Brooklyn, NY w/ Infernal Stronghold
11/12/2011 Reverb – Reading, PA w/ Infernal Stronghold, In Ruins, Horde of the Eclipse
11/13/2011 Wonderland Ballroom – Revere, MA w/ Infernal Stronghold
11/26/2011 Messe des Morts Festival – Montreal, QC

Australian Connexus Conjuration Tour:
1/12/2012 The Globe – Brisbane
1/13/2012 Sandringham Hotel – Sydney @ Conjuration Fest
1/14/2012 The East Brunswick Club – Melbourne @ Conjuration Fest
1/15/2012 The Brisbane Hotel – Hobart

Absu’s sixth full-length, "Abzu" (reviewed here) was officially released this week via Candlelight Records.

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Absu Streaming Entire New Album

As Absu’s latest output -- the band's sixth full-length, "Abzu" -- nears North American release this Tuesday, October 11th via Candlelight Records, Decibel Magazine has made the entire release available for streaming. Head over here to check out "Abzu."

"Abzu," is the second part of an ongoing trilogy of albums, which began with 2009’s "Absu," and will eventually come to a finale with "Apsu." Recorded at Nomad Recording Studios in Carrollton, Texas, "Abzu" finds drummer/vocalist Proscriptor and bassist/vocalist Ezezu sharing equal vocal duties and debuts the skills of new guitarist Vis Crom. The record was mixed by J.T. Longoria (King Diamond/Solitude Aeternus), and features original cover art from Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (Watain, Behemoth, Destroyer 666, Vader).

Absu also has the following upcoming live shows:

10/22/2011 007 Rock Bar - San Antonio, TX
10/29/2011 Aurora Infernalis Festival - Driel, Netherlands
11/10/2011 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
11/11/2011 Club Europa - Brooklyn, NY
11/12/2011 Reverb - Reading, PA
11/13/2011 Wonderland Ballroom - Revere, MA
11/26/2011 Messe des Morts Festival - Montreal, Q

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Absu Pushes Back "Abzu" Release Date

The U.S. release date for Absu's upcoming new album "Abzu" has been pushed back from October 4th to October 11th, 2011. The band has also announced a string of live shows in support of the release. Details are as follows:

10/22/2011 007 Rock Bar – San Antonio, TX
10/29/2011 Aurora Infernalis Festival – Driel, Netherlands
11/10/2011 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
11/11/2011 Club Europa – Brooklyn, NY
11/12/2011 Reverb – Reading, PA
11/13/2011 TBA – Boston, MA
11/26/2011 Messe des Morts Festival – Montreal, QC

The "Abzu" cover artwork and a statement from the band about the album can be found by heading over to this location.

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Absu Streaming New Song Online

Absu has posted a new song online from the band's new full-length "Abzu," which is set for North American release on October 4th, 2011. To check out “Abraxas Connexus" head over to Pitchfork.com here.

Absu has confirmed several live shows in support of "Abzu," including an appearance in Athens, Greece this week. Upon the band's return Absu has also locked down a special home-state show in San Antonio, Texas and an appearance at Aurora Infernalis Festival in The Netherlands in October. The currently announced dates are as follows:

9/10/2011 An Club – Athens, Greece
10/22/2011 007 Rock Bar – San Antonio, TX
10/29/2011 Aurora Infernalis Festival – Driel, Netherlands
11/10/2011 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
11/11/2011 Club Europa – Brooklyn, NY
11/12/2011 Reverb – Reading, PA
11/13/2011 TBA – Boston, MA
11/26/2011 Messe des Morts Festival – Montreal, QC

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Absu Announces New Live Shows

In support of the release of the upcoming new album "Abzu," Dallas, Texas-based mythological occult metal act Absu will embark upon a four-show upper East Coast U.S. live exhibition this November invading Richmond, Brooklyn, Reading, and Boston. Support for this special trek will hail from Philadelphia black thrash derelicts Infernal Stronghold.

Following the short tour, Absu will also take part in Montreal's Messe des Morts festival, performing as one of the event's main acts which also includes Inquisition, Glorior Belli, Forteresse, and more.

"Abzu" is set for North American release on October 4th. The album artwork and comments from the band about the release can be found here.

Absu's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

9/10/2011 An Club - Athens, Greece
10/22/2011 007 Rock Bar - San Antonio, TX
10/29/2011 Aurora Infernalis Festival - Driel, Netherlands
11/10/2011 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
11/11/2011 Club Europa - Brooklyn, NY
11/12/2011 Reverb - Reading, PA
11/13/2011 TBA - Boston, MA
11/26/2011 Messe des Morts Festival - Montreal, QC

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Absu Reveals New Album Artwork

Candlelight Records today has confirmed October 4th as the North American release date for Absu’s new album, titled "Abzu." As previously announced, the album is part two of a planned trilogy of recordings from the Dallas-based mythological occult metal band. Mixed by J.T. Longoria (King Diamond/Solitude Aeternus), the album features the original works of Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (Watain, Behemoth, Destroyer 666, Vader). Check out the cover artwork below.

Recorded at Nomad Recording Studios in Carrollton, Texas, "Abzu" finds drummer/vocalist Proscriptor and bassist/vocalist Ezezu sharing equal vocal duties and debuts the skills of new guitarist Vis Crom.

Proscriptor comments, “Abzu is the first studio release to feature a co-vocalist alongside myself since our third album, The Third Storm of Cythraul. Ezezu’s vocal presentation is beyond superlative and I am overly pleased with his execution and delivery. The songwriting undertakings were equally distributed between both Ezezu and Vis Crom and I must admit it brings an admirable multiplicity to the album as a whole. The last song on the album, 'A Song For Ea,' was composed in six movements, as it brought the entire band together as an equivalent songwriting team. Vis Crom has definitely proven to be Absu’s most proficient guitarist in the history of the band.”

Writing began on Abzu last autumn as Proscriptor notes, “This album has not only been the most challenging in Absu’s discography, but the quickest paced – composition and arrangement wise. The current line-up is scattered all across the United States, so the album was physically written utilizing internet file sharing. We even rehearsed, at times, while communicating via cell phones. Lyrically, the album descends deeper into Enki's lower world as well Thelemic and Enochian Magic(k) Systems. My lyrical architecture is extremely convoluted, so I decided to create a generalized synopsis explaining the themes behind each song. I feel these are my best poems since 2001’s Tara.” More...

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