Review ABKEHR ‘In Blut’

“1-2-3-4”, this count brings different associations to the forefront. Musically it is very much connected to The Ramones and since a while it is a German band that uses the same counting, just totally different.

German black metal stalwarts Abkehr have with ‘In Blut’ a third album in the pipeline, a four songs featuring release with song titles that doesn’t make things very complicated.

Tracklist:

  1. I
  2. II
  3. III
  4. IV

Things can’t be more simple than that and knowing that also the previous two releases show a identical song title listing is even more unusual. ‘In Blut’ follows ‘In Asche’ und ‘In Feuer’, another kind of chronology, sketched by the H. and Raash, the two members of Abkehr.

Musically, the duo prefers things a bit more complex than what the song title reflect. Abkehr play harsh and aggressive black metal that shows some blastbeat parts but not solely count on sheer fierceness. The duo includes many atmospheric breaks throughout, which gives ‘In Blut’, with songs like ‘II’, an extra boost of hellish density as well as it adds a variety. The latter helps a lot to give the album an dark expression that wraps the soul in a cold chill.

‘III’ paints another musical picture. The drum beat that leads off the album introduces an hypnotic undertone which is the foundation for this slowly crawling song that pushes the gates to the abyss of the human soul widely open.

‘In Blut’ is an album that comes with a misanthropic grim, a record that covers any daylight in blackened fog. Daylight becomes twilight when starting this album and that’s just the beginning. Friends of extreme metal that like a diverse and varied approach to atmospheric black metal should check out this longplayer.+

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. I
  2. II
  3. III
  4. IV

Label: Vendetta Records

Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal

Release Date EU: May 21st, 2021

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