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 two of the country’s most devastating acts — Brisbane’s purveyors of spectral damnation, Portal, and Tasmanian dark legion, Ruins — making it an incredibly extreme, not-to-be-missed tour package for any fan of dark metal residing on the continent.
ABSU Confirmed Live Rituals:
10/22/2011 Bonds 007 Rock Bar – San Antonio, TX
10/29/2011 Aurora Infernalis Festival – Driel, Netherlands [info]
11/10/2011 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA [info] w/ Infernal Stronghold
11/11/2011 Club Europa – Brooklyn, NY [info] w/ Infernal Stronghold
11/12/2011 Reverb – Reading, PA w/ Infernal Stronghold, In Ruins, Horde of the Eclipse, Cadaveric Spasm, Mortus, Polterchrist [info]
11/13/2011 Wonderland Ballroom – Revere, MA w/ Infernal Stronghold
11/26/2011 Messe des Morts Festival – Montreal, QC [info]
Australian Connexus Conjuration Tour:
ABSU w/ Portal, Ruins
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, was officially released this week via Candlelight Records. As with every album in their lineage, Abzu takes the band’s signature occult blackthrash mythology to dark new calculating territories through a whirlwind of razor-sharp riffage 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).
“…a hellaciously adventurous, unrelentingly brutal slab of fully actualized gonzo metal… It is a new extreme metal benchmark…” – Decibel
“…an exercise in velocity and hellfire… Absu’s internal fire remains unquenched.” – Metal Review
“Few albums can touch the complex drum play… a top tier album of 2011.” – Metal Underground
“…Abzu is clearly their greatest release this side of Tara.” – Blistering
“Without doubt, one of the best records I have heard this year.” – Hellbound