Attention metal sophisticates and other souls in search of nuance and meticulously stitched musical finery: The door is over there. Please show ourselves out before we turn on the hellfire furnace. Those who don’t mind reveling in a bestial orgy with the hot fumes of sulphur in your nostrils and Abysmal Lord‘s teeth in your throat, make yourselves right at home.
Yes indeed, four years after their Disciples of the Inferno debut album, and following on from their 2018 split with Crurifragium, this New Orleans-based war command is returning with a new full-length — and it could hardly have been better-named: Exaltation of the Infernal Cabal. In addition to exalting the powers of hell, the music also fulfills the other meaning of that initial word — it’s exultant. Although it is a berserker form of ecstasy that explodes from the speakers, for the right kind of reveler, the album’s over-the-top mayhem is fiendishly contagious.
As a prime example of the album’s nuclear-strength depravity, we present “Nuclear Absolution” in advance of the record’s August 16 release by Hells Headbangers.
By way of welcome to the new record, Abysmal Lord proclaim:
“The Abomination is born once again. Hail AntiMother, from whose foul loins drips the pestilence of mankind’s ruin. Come fiends and witches, Races of Jehovah’s Despair. Witness the pomp and fanfare of the victory procession and lose your soul in the Exaltation. Another pact is made over desecrated graves and rusted steel.”
The pomp and fanfare of “Nuclear Absolution” is a particularly hellish kind of coronation, an orgiastic celebration formed from relentlessly hammering drums and crashing cymbals, combined with thrusting bass tones and abrasive riffs that shift from crazed, cruel skittering to dismal drilling. The vocals are no less filthy or vicious, delivered in reverb-drenched howls, roars, and foul regurgitative expulsions. The experience is one of a blood-red, adrenaline-fueled bacchanal, a display of bestial excess that’s pushed further into the red zone by a screeching, squirming, utterly deranged solo.
Hells Headbangers will release this aural abomination on CD, LP, and cassette tape on August 16th, and in support of the new album Abysmal Lord have mounted a tour that has just begun and will continue its pillaging path through August 24th. You’ll find the dates below, along with a pre-order link, today’s premiere, and the stream of a previously released track named “Scythe of Damnation“.
ABYSMAL LORD TOUR DATES:
August 9 – Atlanta, GA @ 529
August 10 – Chattanooga, TN @ Sluggo’s
August 11 – Lexington, KY @ Al’s Bar
August 12 – St. Louis, MO @ Sinkhole
August 13 – Chicago, IL @ Livewire
August 14 – Detroit, MI @ Outer Limits
August 15 – Toronto, ON @ The Grand Gerrard
August 16 – Ottawa, ON @ Cafe Dekcuf
August 17 – Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien
August 18 – Providence, RI @ Dusk
August 19 – Somerville, MA @ Once Lounge
August 20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Lucky 13
August 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Century
August 22 – Montclair, NJ @ Meatlocker
August 23 – Silver Spring, MD @ Amy Tex Mex Bar & Grill
August 24 – Richmond, VA @ Wonderland
Yesssss this I like. Plus, points for ‘fiend’, a criminally underused and overall unsung word