Abigail Williams – “In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns” – Real, Extreme, Black Metal


9061631I have added a new band to my Black Metal favorites list, they are Abigail Williams. Abigail Williams is void of having the heavy grooves of Satyricon’s superior recent releases, void of having the progressiveness of the incredible Enslaved. What Abigail Williams does offer up musically, is the extreme and brutal sounds of Black Metal. Yes, the very, very, heavy side of Black Metal. The layering of music is similar to what Cradle of Filth has accomplished with their infamous albums, minus any over exaggeration of melody. O.K., I have pointed out where Abigail Williams lines up musically, compared to their Black Metal counterparts, (or some of them anyway). On “In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns”, (released on October 28, 2008 – candlelight records), Sorceron on lead vocals is alarmingly convincing, while the entire band plays very tight, giving every indication musically, that they know these are ten solid songs.

If you are looking for a seriously heavy, fast and Extreme band, regardless of the genre, Abigail Williams will engulf your musical senses with unrelenting and foreboding Black Metal force. This is a Black Metal band that sounds like they have been set loose from any musical restraints, given the command to set forth and spread their onslaught of enraged Black Metal unto the masses. The symphonic moments heard throughout this album lends itself as the bridge, that connects this Black Metal extremity of aggressiveness. After a couple of listens to “In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns”, I realized that I waited too long to purchase this Black Metal creation. Abigail Williams has made one fine, full length album, of Extreme Black Metal music with this release. I hope that any band lineup changes that have occurred, will not prevent Abigail Williams from moving forward with powerful momentum. Sorceron is the nucleus of this band, he must continue to surround himself with quality musicians, just like the lineup found on this album. This is my Metal opinion and I recommend Abigail Williams “In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns” to anyone who’s interest I may have peaked.

Abigail Williams as they appeared on “In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns” are: Sorceron on lead vocals & lyricist, Mike Wilson on lead guitar, Plaguehammer on bass, Bjornthor on guitar, Trym on drums, Samus on drums and Ashley Ellyllon on keyboards and piano. Sorceron also plays guitar, bass and keyboards on this album as well. James Murphy appears as a guest guitarist.

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2 Responses to “Abigail Williams – “In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns” – Real, Extreme, Black Metal”

  1. Abigail is sick. I’ve been listening to In The Absence of Light nonstop for like 2 weeks.

    • metalodyssey Says:

      Without question, I second your opening comment… this band is as intense as it gets! It’s like having a Black/Extreme Metal hurricane hitting you straight in the face. Ashley Ellyllon is great on the keys… she is on the new Cradle Of Filth too.: “Darkly Darkly Venus Aversa”.

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