The Serpent, The Prophet & The Whore

Written by: PP on 29/12/2012 18:22:57

From the mountainous region of Switzerland I bring you a sludgy post metal unit called Abraham. Their debut album "An Eye On The Universe" last year was already a murky, gloomy, and misanthropic piece of music that explored the ugly in great detail, but lacked consistency somewhat. For their sophomore album "The Serpent, The Prophet & The Whore", these minor flaws have been ironed out for a more uniform expression that sees Abraham tread through some of the sludgiest and muddiest waters known to the musical universe.

Desperation, misery, gloom. All three words that could be used in describing the album, alongside the colour gray and misanthropy. Abraham make a distinct point about progressive soundscapes that spend extensive amounts of time dragging through mud, while also integrating hints of lingering melody to the mix. It is this injection of subtle melody that brings the band away from pure sludge and into post-metal instead, into atmospheric sequences where the roared vocals meet longing clean vocals and contemplative instrumentation. The latter ranges from the soft and thoughtful into the forceful and crushing, hitting the listener like a wave after wave, slowly shrouding the entire mood of the album in its inescapable murkiness.

It's inspiration is obvious: The Ocean ranks high among their favorite artists, but more probably influences are Isis, Cult Of Luna, and of course Neurosis, whose droning expression Abraham re-interprets extensively throughout the record. Most songs sound rather similar, but that is the point: it's one inescapably gloomy expression whose purpose is to suck the living life out of its listener. It's a layered wall of brooding sound that doesn't give up. Might not be as good as their influences yet, but they're well on their way.


Download: This is Not A Dead Man Yet, Start With A Heartbeat
For the fans of: The Ocean, Isis, Cult Of Luna, Kruger, Neurosis
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Release date 28.09.2012
Pelagic Records

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