Abominor – “Opus: Decay” (2015)

2016 has been a very odd year in the Life in the Vinyl Lane household – tons of business travel, a new job for one of us, some family health issues… it’s been enough to leave me with an undercurrent of anxiety for parts of the year.  In some ways Abominor’s 2015 cassette Opus:  Decay could be the soundtrack to my 2016.

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This is black metal at it’s doomiest and heaviest, a slow trudge through the mud while carrying a backpack with 100 pounds of stones in it while the scavenger birds circle overhead because they seem to know exactly what you fear, that you won’t have the strength to make it to shelter before nightfall.  The faster parts are like the beating of your heart as the physical exertion and anxiety combine to pump you full of adrenaline almost to the point that you become nauseous, and you know you’re blowing through too much of your energy too fast and are getting worn down.  The birds know it too, up there, lazily circling, waiting, waiting…

The vocals on Opus:  Decay growl with pain and rage, and the drums power it forward.  The guitar work is interesting in that occasionally it seems to peek it’s head up and soar for a few moments before diving back down into the depths and the mud.  The pair of songs give us doses of slow and fast, but it’s all black as night.

I know I’ll make it through the mud, though.  Because I know a secret.  The backpack has a zipper, and I don’t need to keep hauling all of those stones…