VENUE: Lord Fanch Presents:
Absu, VII, Eternium, Terra Caput Mundi, Xaemora
3108 Locust St.
St. Louis, MO, 63103
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
The music of ABSU has been described as mysterious, majestic, magical, powerful and progressive, but the band has always declared the sound to be classified as "mythological occult metal." This style of supernatural music has earned ABSU a strong following, yet a cult-like status around the world. Their talent to combine the right amounts of extreme metal music with progressive overtones, and solid songs with magnificent showmanship, has merited the respect of fellow musicians and followers alike.
The band initially spawned in Dallas, Texas in 1989 and went through various name changes (see below for more information) before finally settling on ABSU in 1991, due to their vast attraction towards Sumerian/Mesopotamian mythology. Two years later, founding members Shaftiel (guitar/vocals) and Equitant (guitar/bass) paid their dues in the underground black/death metal commune by releasing various demonstration cassettes ("Return of the Ancients", "Infinite and Profane Thrones") and later a 7" EP called "The Temples of Offal" for Gothic Records. They also opened shows for such headlining acts as Entombed, Unleashed, Vital Remains, Incantation and Autopsy, giving ABSU overwhelming awareness in the Texas area. Their debut album, "Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L," was released in 1993 by Gothic Records and licensed through France's Osmose Productions. This release also introduced drummer/vocalist, Proscriptor, to stabilize ABSU's classic line-up as a trio. The next year witnessed ABSU leaving Gothic to sign with Osmose for the sophomore release, "The Sun of Tiphareth," as well as three full-length albums, two EPs and a home video. ABSU has also had the grand opportunity, in support of their releases, by touring North America and Europe with Osmose label mates Enslaved, Impaled Nazarene, Sadistik Exekution and Infernö. These tours were supported by long-time acquaintance and session bassist/vocalist, Mezzadurus, of Blood Storm and Gorephobia.
In 2001, ABSU returned after a short silence from the subversive community to release, what would be their most anticipated release up to date, "Tara," for both Osmose Productions and Olympic Recordings. This album delivered listeners a compelling, thought provoking musical and lyrical journey that no other extreme band has presented in a concept album. Written in two different movements, "Tara" unleashed the final chapter to a trilogy of its past two, predeceasing releases: "The Third Storm of Cythrául" (1996) and "In The Eyes of Ioldánach." (1998) These releases concentrated on magic and mythology based upon Celtic traditions and tyranny. They also brought in new guitarist, Kashshapxu, to complete the studio line-up. This year also witnessed ABSU performing live in their hometown of Dallas for the first time in five years. It would be the last live show for some time.
In late 2002, ABSU went on haietus when Proscriptor suffered a severe hand injury and Equitant and Shaftiel parted ways with the band. After a 5 year hiatus, Proscriptor reorganized the band with the help of Aethyris MacKay (now in Pantheon I), Zawicizuz (Formerly of Infernal Oak, Rape Pillage and Burn, and Bleed the Son) and Vastator Terrarum and released the self-titled album in 2009. Now with Vis Crom (Guitars) and Ezezu (Bass, Vocals), ABSU continue to forge ahead with a new album, "Abzu", the second part of a new trilogy which will conclude with "Apsu" at a later date.
Eternium started out in the thoughts of 16-year old, Markov Soroka. With the self-financed "Aura Titian" demo recorded and heard by many ears, Markov was ready to recruit live and collaborative members. Whilst writing the entire full length by himself, Markov needed to find players for future collaboration and live shows.
After various trials, relocation, Eternium found a steady line up:
Markov Soroka - Guitars/Vocals
Brent Dossett - Bass/Vocals
Gabe Price - Guitars/Vocals
Chad Griffin - Keyboards/Vocals
Cole Sandel - Drums/Orchestral Percussion
Eternium is Symphonic Black/Death metal that is strongly influenced by Melodic Black and Death metal, and orchestral compositions. If compared to artists, Eternium can be compared to Emperor, Sacramentum, Dissection, Amon Amarth, and Sacrilege.
The music itself is very story-driven. All of the lyrics and compositions are a sort of "soundtrack" to a story of Markov's, regarding Auras, Creation, Death, and the general story of Titian, Amethyst, and Eternium, the solar giant of creation.
The full length is currently in pre-production, and little details have been disclosed thus far. We are hoping to release it sometime in early 2013, but as we all know, things sometimes may not go as according to plan or how we want. We are doing our best, and we are solely self-financed.
We are looking for labels in the future, but of course, we will submit physical material when we are ready. Thanks for all the support and attention from all the loyal fans.
Terra Caput Mundi
warp speed metal, first show supporting new album "Lost In The Warp"
BLACK METAL from ST LOUIS MO