207: ABSU

For thirty years, Texan extreme metal band produced some of strongest, fastest, thrash-influences black metal the US ever saw.

Led by Proscriptor McGovern, what started as some death metal demos, grew into a blackened thrash monster, incorporating increasingly progressive sounds, such as jazz fusion, folk, and Celtic music. The result is an exciting riff-driven sound with all the signature elements of black metal but so much more.

The band themselves would refer to what they did as โ€œMythological Occult Metalโ€. This tied in with the lyrical themes, which discussed alchemy, numerology, Mesopotamian and Sumerian folklore and more.

In 2011, Absu released their sixth album, โ€˜Abzuโ€™. It is an incredible album, featuring 35 minutes of just pure, iconically Absu, thrash-powered black metal. While there were originally reports of the band working on a follow up to Abzu, it was not to be.

In 2020, Proscriptor McGovern dissolved Absu, ending a 31 year run for the band. Six monthโ€™s later it was revealed he had formed a new band, Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsรป.

As of 2021, this new iteration have reportedly completed work one a debut album that fans patiently await. It will undoubtedly be worth the wait, because the world always needs more exciting black metal.