Friday, January 28, 2011

Invoke The Dark Age

We're going all the way back to the dark ages of 1994 with Abigor's debut full-length album Verwüstung - Invoke the Dark Age. Abigor are the elite of Austrian Black Metal and this record proved that furious Black Metal in the early '90s wasn't solely the charge of the Norwegian kids. This also marks a time when Napalm Records released interesting records, and not just goofy folk metal and symphonic crap with chicks on the cover. Absolutely essential.

21 comments:

Thiago Behrndt said...

yes! napalm glory days were essencial. summoning, in battle, falkenbach, svartahrid... a bunch of great acts!

Insomniac said...

Yes, I second it's essentiality. I like your sentence that says "...this record proved that furious Black Metal in the early '90s wasn't solely the charge of the Norwegian kids.". Darkness came from all countries at that time. And this is a great time capsule for that evil and contempt. About Napalm Records: Through looking at my old magazines [Metal Maniacs,Ill Literature, Pit, BW & BK and Terrorizer], you could always tell a Napalm Records ad when you first lay your sight upon it. Amusing, yet with a little scoffing.

Anonymous said...

sweet. sadly a band I never got round to listening to the first time round even tho I remember seing their material around a lot at the time. thanks for the (re)introduction and actually for bringing some enthusiasm to me for bm (and much besides) again with your blog!
mk

theheft said...

Hey now, Napalm Records still releases decent records.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely love this album. Classic! Amazing talent..Opus IV rules too.

Carl Warslaughter said...

This ones a classic. And look at that album cover. Perfection in my book.

homegrown said...

This is my jazz hangover cure XD
Thanks, I love this classic!

Anonymous said...

Miasma were on Napalm too, I think. And agree about the cover, it is nice.

Anonymous said...

Yes! Great BM that has been overlooked for too long. That is why I Love the Hearse!

-the anonymous jew

ido said...

The second song, "Kingdom of Darkness" opens with a sample from one of the most powerful scenes of Bergman's "The Seven Seal." Right at that moment I knew I'd love this fucking band.

Frisco Bathhouse said...

That is so grim and *tru* Varg is somewhere crying in his Casio.

JCS said...

This is a great one, along with Nachtymnen and the overlooked Supreme Immortal Art...hell, all their albums are pretty great!

wireless darkness said...

austrian emperor(s).

NO BEAST SO FIERCE said...

classic!

Anonymous said...

Great album. Completely missed these guys 10+ years ago so many thanks for the chance to get into Abigor's weird little world. Some things in common with Satyricon, mainly the razor-sharp guitar tone & acoustic instruments. Vocals do sound a bit like Emperor, if heard from less of a distance. Arrangements put them over the top - ahead of the curve for 1994, IMO. Bass guitar is present in the mix as something other than an extra layer of distortion. Epic.

Anonymous said...

This is pretty rad,Abigor is good at this shit. Napalm got pretty cheesy with all that lame fake goth band tryin to be metal cheesy bs

Anonymous said...

loving this.

east kansas banger said...

Awesome, simply awesome. Great riffs, great songs. thank you so much for this one

eric j said...

Awesome to see so much Abigor love. A great band that I haven't listened to in a while, thanks for the reminder to dig out some of their stuff again. I also dig on Channeling the Quintessence of Satan pretty hard.

.w. said...

recently got into this album. KILLER riffs, definitely underrated.

Nick said...

AMAZING! anyone know where i can find the lyrics to "Weeping Mindwintertears?" let me know: 2kracked@gmail.com