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Absu

First formed as "Dolmen" in 1989 by Shaftiel (vocals/guitar/bass) and Equitant Ifernain (lead guitar, bass), the black/death metal band Absu hails from the least likely of extreme metal watering grounds: Dallas, Texas. By 1991, the name change to Absu (borrowed from ancient Mesopotamian beliefs) had taken effect, two demos, "Immortal Sorcery" and "Return of the Ancients" were in the can, and independent Gothic Records was showing interest in the self-proclaimed "mythological occult metal" group. Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor (a.k.a. Russ R. Givens) joined shortly after the release of the following year's The Temples of Offal E.P., and his academic lyrics and songwriting began to dominate the band, starting with 1993's full-length debut Barathrum. Absu then signed with France's famed Osmose Productions, which issued their subsequent efforts, Sun of Tiphareth (1995), ...And Shineth Unto the Cold Cometh (E.P., 1995), The Third Storm of Cythraul (1997), and In the Eyes of Ioldánach (E.P., 1998). Each of these displayed increasingly elaborate studies of obscure mysticism (Sumerian, Gaelic, you name it!), and, and led to tours with the likes of Impaled Nazarene and Enslaved, helping Absu carve a position of huge respect within black metal circles. 2001's long-awaited Tara focused on Celtic legend and obtained even greater acclaim, but was the last to feature longtime member Equitant. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Abzu

1. Earth Ripper

2. Circles Of The Oath

3. Abraxas Connexus

4. Skrying In The Spirit Vision

5. Ontologically, It Became Time & Space

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Track List: Absu

1. Between The Absu Of Eridu & Erech

2. Night Fire Canonization

3. Amy

4. Nunbarshegunu

5. 13 Globes

6. ...Of The Dead Who Never Rest In Their Tombs Are The Attendance Of Familiar Spirits...Including: A.) Diversified Signs Inscribed B.) Our Earth Of Black C.) Voor

7. Magic(K) Square Cipher

8. In The Name Of Auebothiabathabaithobeuee

9. Girra's Temple

10. Those Of The Void Will Re-Enter

11. Sceptre Command

12. Ye Uttuku Spells

13. Twix Yesterday, The Day & The Morrow

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Track List: Mythological Occult Metal

Disc 1

1. The Gold Torques Of Ulaid

2. Never Blow Out The Eastern Candle

3. Stone Of Destiny (Alternate Version)

4. Immortal Sorcery

5. Sumerian Sands (The Silence)

6. Disembodied

7. And Shineth Unto The Cold Cometh including Prelusion To Cythraul

8. Akhera Goiti - Akhera Beiti (One Black Opalith For Tomorrow)

9. Reliquiae Celticae

10. The Great Battle Moving From Ideal To Actual

11. Old Tombs At Hochdorf

Disc 2

1. Deathcrush including Silvester Angfang

2. Swing of the Axe

3. Transylvania

4. Bestial Invasion

5. The Winter Zephyr (...Within Kingdoms of Mist)

6. Highland Tyrant Attack (Live)

7. The Thrice is Greatest to Ninnigal

8. The Coming of War

9. Book of Splendour

10. Tasseomancy

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Never heard of this band but I like it
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tommytitanfa n
GOOD STUFF
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BRUTALITY AT ITS FINEST !!
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Absu is kicking out some f**king awesome black metal to be from Texas.
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metalnorm
One of the greatest American Black Metal bands \m/
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When it comes to the USBM they're the ultimate besides goatlord, toxic holocaust,dr a g o n l o r d or Ludicra even wittr or xasthur . NOT ALL USA BANDS WE ARE BETTER AT DEATH METAL THEN BLACK
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Behemoth is the only band that I would even consider as remotely similar and that is only because of content.

C'mon Pandora!
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Kinda surprised i haven't heard of these guys till more recently but glad i have thanks Pandora!!!
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Absu always delivers.
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Wow I never heard of Absu. There pretty cool!
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Russ givins is the most underrated drummer ever.
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Pandora needs TARA!
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shelly3963
My favorite song is Amy too! Just saw them live in April and they blew my mind. Can't wait for them to come back to Philly!
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Seeing them live tonight!
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Great band!
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takeoffallzi g s
They put a new album out; Abzu. Get that in your discography, Pandora!
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Brutal as a battle worn battleaxe !!! great band !
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They need to put Tara and The Third Storm of Cythraul on here.
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my favorite song is Amy ...just great
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Couldnt agree more.
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Black as hell, lots of energy, great vocals...eve r y t h i n g you could want in a Black Metal Band (Iron Maiden Covers Included)

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