ABSU — Tara

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Album · 2001

Filed under Black Metal


01. Tara (1:56)
02. Pillars of Mercy (4:21)
03. A Shield with an Iron Face (3:22)
04. Manannán (6:39)
05. The Cognate House of Courtly Witches Lies West of County Meath (4:19)
06. She Cries the Quiet Lake (4:10)
07. Yrp Lluyddawc (1:51)
08. From Ancient Times (Starless Skies Burn to Ash) (3:53)
09. Four Crossed Wands (Spell 181) (4:46)
10. Vorago (Spell 182) (5:45)
11. Bron (Of the Waves) (1:32)
12. Stone of Destiny (...for Magh Slecht and Ard Righ) (7:46)
13. Tara (Recapitulation) (1:45)

Total Time 52:05


- Proscriptor McGovern / Vocals, Drums, Percussion, Keyboards
- Shaftiel / Guitars, Vocals, Bass
- Equitant Ifernain / Bass

Guest/session musicians:
- David Harbour / Keyboards, Piano
- Sir Vincent Rossi / Guitars, Mandolin
- Melechesh Ashmedi / Backing Vocals
- Ronnie Trent / Backing Vocals
- Sir Don Shannon / Bagpipes
- Masthema Mazziqim / Backing Vocals

About this release

Released by Osmose Productions, May 23rd, 2001.

Vinyl version limited to 1000 copies.

Cassette version released by Rocris Disc in 2001.

Picture disc vinyl released by Agonia Records in 2008. Limited to 500 copies.

Thanks to adg211288, Unitron for the updates

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The first phase of Absu's existence, before lineup changes prompted a hiatus and a realignment of their sound, might just be the absolute pinnacle of their unique style of "mythological occult metal". Steeped in the darkly surreal atmosphere of Celtic mythology from the cover art to the occasional acoustic moment of calm to the twisting guitar riffs, the album takes us on a furious black metal journey of unusual technical complexity and accomplishment. With the vocals (including a guest appearance from King Diamond under the pseudonym Masthema Mazziqim) shrieking like capering spirits and the musical backing making the best use of the studio (I particularly like how they briefly go lo-fi at the start of From Ancient Times to get across the idea of a legend from the distant past), if Absu deserve to be remembered for anything, it's for this.

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