Abigail Williams - In The Absence Of Light (Candlelight/Earsplit)

I've heard it said that Abigail Williams are playing below par on this album, that the similarities between them and other bands are too prominent. To that I say 'Fuck Off'!
Release Date: 
27 Sep 2010 - 8:30am

Having now decided that they are definitely all about symphonic black metal, Abigail Williams are back with their second full length album. The sound on In The Absence Of Light is so different, more guitar driven, than their first release In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns. The resemblance between the band's vocalist Sorceron and Dani Filth, are at times hard to believe, echoes of Dimmu Borgir are also comfortably sitting within earshot of all who know the genre. I've heard it said that Abigail Williams are playing below par on this album, that the similarities between them and other bands are too prominent. To that I say 'Fuck Off'! These days there are few bands who don't have some echo of another band in their sound. Ultimately it comes down to the fact that you either enjoy the music or you don't! I think that there are few symphonic black metal fans who won't take pleasure in listening to the eight tracks that make up this album, after all, it has all the elements these fans are looking for!

In The Absence Of Light is the first album from new members Ian Jekelis (Guitar) and Ken Bedene (Drums), who joined the band last year. The 'new' Abigail Williams soon got to work on this album so it really isn't any surprise they've played it safe, they're essentially a new band settling into their style and what they've produced is bloody good. I don't doubt that the next album will blow our heads off!

Opening track Hope The Great Betrayal has some quality moments, especially when the end of the song approaches and the music is echoed with wolves howling in the background, making for a haunting feeling to surround you. Final Destiny Of The Gods opens with fast drums and slow guitars creating a mournful melody which is played at an accelerated tempo. The vocals sound like the cry of an eagle adding to that haunting feeling you were given on the last track.

There is a much more upbeat feel to The Mysteries That Bind The Flesh, the guitar riff's on this song are my favourite of the album. Leaving a cool and frigid atmosphere is Infernal Divide, the song that easily proves that these guys work together the way your hand should fit a glove, perfectly. The middle section of In Death Comes The Great Silence has the feel of being dragged through sludge, but it fits with the overall feel of this album which is richly deserved.

It's during the next song that Abigail WIlliams ask the question that most of us are far too afraid to know the answer to: What Hell Awaits Me is gripping black metal that will tear it's way through your speakers. This is quickly followed up by An Echo In Our Legends which is the weakest song on the album, it sounds offbeat and out of sync most of the way through, I feel the need to take it apart and fit it all back together again!

In The Absence Of Light closes with Malediction and all I can say is if you want to avoid any curses you'll bloody well enjoy this song!

All in all, this is a deserving effort by Abigail Williams, and I have no doubt that this is just the beginning.

In The Absence Of Light is out on 27 September 2010, on Candlelight/Earsplit records