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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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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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Three More Bands Confirmed For Brutal Assault 2011

The organisers of the Czech Republic's Brutal Assault festival has announced a further three confirmations for this year's event. Newly added to the bill are Scottish hardcore punk/crossover thrash legends The Exploited, Bay Area thrash veterans Forbidden and American mathcore outfit The Dillinger Escape Plan. The festival will take place from August 11th-13th in Josefov, Czech Republic.

The lineup is as follows: More...

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Absu Comments On Upcoming Album

Texas-based mythological occult metal trio Absu is currently hard at work on "Abzu," the follow up to the band’s 2009 self-titled album. The album is being tracked at Nomad Recording Studio in Carrollton, Texas and mixed by none other than J.T. Longoria. (King Diamond, Solitude Aeternus).

Drummer/vocalist/lyricist Proscriptor confirms, "The entire rhythm section has been successfully tracked and all that remains are mellotron passages and vocal lines. Before attempting the final mix, we plan to transfer the rhythm section onto two-inch tape to thaw out its digital timbre. With this record, we are appending dirtier elements of psychedelia and fusion. Lyrically, it will descend deeper into Enki's lower world as well the Enochian Magic(k) System." Continuing he notes, "I can tell you this album will definitely not be a 'natural progression' from previous releases, but a feat of metaphysical conquest and murkiness."

"Abzu" is the second of a three-part series and is planned for release later this year. The tentative track listing is as follows:

I.) Ontologically, It Became Time & Space
II.) Circles of the Oath
III.) Abraxas Connexus
IV.) Skrying in the Spirit Vision
V.) Earth Ripper
VI.) A Song for Ea including:
a. E-A
b. A Myriad of Portals
c. 3rd Tablet
d. Warren of Imhullu
e. The Waters – The Denizens
f. E-A (Reprise) More...

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Immortal Plows Through Chicago

It's only fitting, in an ironic way, that Immortal finally arrived in Chicago during a winter when my city was buried under two feet of snow. It's one of those coincidences that I'd have a much easier time appreciating if I wasn't trapped in my own home for four days a mere three weeks before the show. Despite taking almost a decade to return to the Windy City, Immortal was still worth the wait.

Unfortunately I missed all but the last two songs of Absu's set since the CTA thought it was a great idea to name two stops Ashland on the Green Line and I'd personally like to meet whoever was responsible for that decision, so that I can challenge that person to a bloody duel to the death suspended over a pit of lava with spiked clubs. I ended up taking the train in the exact opposite direction towards the second Ashland since jumping on the train saying that it was heading to the Ashland stop seemed like a great idea at the time. That whole ordeal managed to take up over an hour of my life since I ended up at the exact opposite end of Chicago that I wanted to be at. Thank you very much CTA. You really know how to create wonderful, memorable experiences. More...

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Maveth To Play Hammer Open Air

Maveth has issued the following announcement about appearing at the 2011 edition of the Hammer Open Air Festival in Finland:

"Hammer Open Air Metal Festival! Next summer Maveth will perform at Hammer Open Air Festival in Lieto, Finland. Dates for the festival are 15th and 16th of July 2011. For more info visit this location."

Other confirmed bands so far are: More...

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Absu Parts Ways With Another Guitarist

Texas black metal act Absu has announced that it has parted ways with yet another guitarist, this time having Aethyris McKay leave the band. Aethyris McKay leaves Absu to join Pantheon I. Absu vocalist and drummer Proscriptor commented by saying:

"I am here to announce that guitarist Aethyris McKay has decided to quit Absu and has recently relocated to Oslo , Norway to join Pantheon I. Working with Aethyris for the past three years has been a prosperous experience and I have the utmost respect for him as my comrade and a superlative musician. He assisted me in resurrecting the band from its hiatus stage and I truly thank him for helping me recast the spell of 'mythological occult metal.'"

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Absu Comments On Tour With Immortal

As was previously announced, Texas based act Absu will join Immortal on the black metal act's return to the U.S. for six shows early next year. The dates will mark the first live performances for Absu since the Scion Rock Fest in March of this year. Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor notes:

"We feel extremely privileged to have been invited to participate on Immortal’s All Shall Fall US tour in February 2011. Even though it is only a six-date tour, it’s a colossal one for Absu to be performing with our former label mates of many years. We had the opportunity to share the stage with Immortal over eight years ago and this will be a very good experience for us."

These upcoming performances will mark the first time that Absu will appear live as a trio. Proscriptor comments, "I am here to announce that guitarist Aethyris McKay has decided to quit Absu and has recently relocated to Oslo, Norway to join Pantheon I. Working with Aethyris for the past three years has been a prosperous experience and I have the utmost respect for him as my comrade and a superlative musician. He assisted me in resurrecting the band from its hiatus stage and I truly thank him for helping me recast the spell of mythological occult metal."

The dates are as follows:

2/19/2011 Gramercy Theater - New York, NY
2/20/2011 Sonar - Baltimore, MD
2/21/2011 Mr. Small's Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA
2/22/2011 Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
2/24/2011 The Summit Theatre - Denver, CO
2/26/2011 Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX

After completion of the dates with Immortal, Absu will enter the studio to begin recording a new album, titled "Abzu." The recording will be the second of a three-part series. Proscriptor reveals, "This recording will feature our signature sound in maniacal fashion. Now, we’re appending dirtier elements of psychedelia and fusion characteristics. Lyrically, it will descend deeper into Enki’s lower world as well the Enochian Magic(k) System. I can tell you this album will definitely not be a 'natural progression' from previous releases, but a feat of metaphysical conquest and murkiness." More...

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Absu Parts Ways With Guitarist

Texas-based mythological occult metal band ABSU has announced the addition of session lead guitarist Vis Crom (pronounced "Vish Krahm") to the group's ranks. He replaces Zawicizuz, who was recently dismissed due to irreconcilable differences. Says drummer/vocalist Proscriptor of the replacement, "We are extremely thrilled to welcome Vis Crom as the newest touring musician of ABSU. He has proven to be a conquering performer and we’re delighted to convey our next live chapters of mythological occult metal with him.”

“I felt it was time to re-evaluate the path of the band in a live aspect," he continues. "ABSU’s expanding growth, metaphysically and musically speaking, will embark on a journey like nothing we have ever experienced before. One of the main objectives is to never create the same album twice, so one can expect a revolving lineup. Working with Zawicizuz for the past two years has been a prosperous experience and I have the utmost respect for him as my comrade and a superlative musician. I wish him good fortune and success in the future." More...

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Pantheon I Announces European Tour With Absu

Norwegian extreme metallers Pantheon I have been confirmed to support Absu on the ucpoming European tour due to take place this autumn. The band’s cellist, classically trained musician Live Julianne, explained about Pantheon I’s inclusion on the tour: “We didn’t think originally that we would be able to do the tour because of other prior commitments. We had really put it completely out of our minds when the slot suddenly became available again just as we were re-scheduling a few things ourselves, so it all worked out perfectly. Playing live is something we all enjoy, and we have been looking forward to touring with the new album since we finished recording it. We’re scheduled to do a 6-date tour in Norway in September before the European tour kicks off, so right now we’re busy rehearsing and preparing. Panntheon I never do things by halves, and we’re ready to hit the road with a vengeance."

Pantheon I's tour schedule is as follows: More...

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Absu Issues Update On Fort Worth Tour Date

Absu has issued the following update about their upcoming make up show in Forth Worth:

"San Antonio, Texas-based extreme metal band HOD has recently been added to the make up performance on Saturday, September 5th. HOD has also recently released their excellent debut album, 'Serpent,' via Ibex Moon Records.

"ABSU's Dallas/Ft. Worth concert, which was originally supposed to take place on June 29th, has been rescheduled for September 5th at the Ridglea Theater in Fort Worth, Texas. This show will also feature doom metal legends SOLITUDE AETURNUS and Austin-based black metal band AVERSE SEFIRA. All tickets for the original concert on June 29th will be honored for the September 5th make-up performance. Tickets are available here and at the box office the day of the show.

"ABSU will embark on a full European tour later this year. Support on the trek will come from psychedelic black metal band NACHTMYSTIUM, England's RAZOR OF OCCAM (featuring members of DESTROYER 666) and ZOROASTER."

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Razor Of Occam To Tour Europe With Absu

London based Australian blackened thrash metal act, Razor Of Occam, have confirmed to tour Europe in the fall with the grandmasters of American black metal, Absu! Nachtmystium and Zoroaster complete the vicious line-up that will rape and pillage clubs all over Europe, starting on October 16th.

Razor Of Occam's Metal Blade debut, Homage To Martyrs, is available everywhere and on metalbladestore.com.

“…an album built on barbaric fury, but it's focused in just the right places to make the ultra fast mayhem of songs like Heat of Battle and Altar of Corruption hit you like a scalpel to the eyeball, while avoiding sounding clean or sterilized.” 4 K rating, Kerrang

“…every song is a parade of top notch thrash and black metal composition.” MetalSucks.net

“Folks, Homage to Martyrs descends on you like a grizzly in a phone booth; there's no escape as this thing is all slashing claws, gnashing teeth, and crushing weight…Homage to Martyrs boasts all the fiery hunger and immediacy of a new band, and the professional design and execution of old vets.” MetalReview.com

RAZOR OF OCCAM
w/ Absu, Nachtmystium, Zoroaster
Presented by: Metal Hammer, Legacy, Metal.de
10/16 Germany Darmstadt Steinbruch
10/17 Germany Essen Turock
10/18 Germany Hamburg Markthalle
10/19 Denmark Copenhagen The Rock
10/20 Germany Berlin K17
10/21 Germany Nürnberg Z-Bau
10/22 Germany Leipzig Conne Island
10/23 Germany Kassel K19
10/24 Czech Rep Prague Exit Chmelnice
10/25 Hungary Budapest Durer Kert
10/26 Austria Wien Arena
10/27 Slovenia Ljubljana Gala Hala
10/28 Germany München Feierwerk
10/29 Italy Turin Spazio 211
10/30 Switzerland Zürich Dynamo Werk 21
10/31 France Paris Glazart
11/01 UK Nottingham Rock City
11/02 UK Manchester Moho Live
11/03 UK London Underworld
11/04 Ireland Dublin Academy 2
11/05 UK Plymouth @ White Rabbit
11/06 Belgium Aarschot JH De Klinker
11/07 Holland Rotterdam Watt

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Absu Announces New Fort Worth Tour Date

American black metallers Absu had previously canceled a tour date in Fort Worth. They have announced the following make up show with Solitude Aeturnus and Averse Sefira:

Saturday September 5, 2009 @ Ridglea Theater
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Price: TBA
NOTE: All Previous Tickets Purchased For The Initial Date Will Be Honored At The Door.

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Absu Discusses The North American "CIII" Tour

Candlelight Records has just completed its third label packaged tour for North America, which featured Philadelphia thrashers RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER and support from Los Angeles-based SOTHIS. The tour visited 21 cities throughout the US and Canada, which began in San Marcos, California and unexpectedly ended in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on June 27. ABSU's scheduled Ft. Worth, TX performance on Monday, June 29 was canceled due to the band's tour bus breaking down outside of Baton Rouge, LA. The concert will be rescheduled for later this summer and all tickets for the canceled show will be honored for the new date or refunded at the point of purchase. More...

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Absu Cancels Tonight's Texas Tour Date

Absu has issued the following announcement about canceling their show tonight in Ft. Worth:

"ABSU’s scheduled Ft. Worth, TX performance tonight has been canceled due to their tour bus breaking down earlier today outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The show, the final on the band’s current tour, was to feature Rumpelstiltskin Grinder and a 'special guest.' The band has already confirmed with the promoter for tonight’s show that the performance will be rescheduled later this summer and anyone who purchased tickets will have them successfully redeemed for the rescheduled performance.

"The band will perform at this weekend’s Hostile City Death Fest in Philadelphia. Tickets are available here."

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Hostile City Death Fest Lineup Announced

The first annual Hostile City Death Fest is set to take place on July 4th and 5th at The Arena in Philadelphia, PA. Tickets for the all-ages show are $35 per day and are now on sale. Here's the line-up:

Deicide
Monstrosity
Vital Remains
Pessimist
Anal Cunt
Total Fucking Destruction
Kult ov Azazel
Absu
Jungle Rot
XXX Maniac
Bloodsoaked
Submerged in Dirt
Goreaphobia
RumpelstiltskinGrinder
Torn the Fuck Apart
Fuck the Facts
Insatanity
Polterchrist
Strong Intention
Cursed From Birth
Machina Infernus
Sedna
In Her Virgin Womb

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