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Aborym – Kali Yuga Bizarre (1999)

folderYou know, when I said I was going to write about Aborym’s debut album within the lifetime of this blog… I didn’t suspect I would want to do it now. Sometimes, though, it just happens, because my method of choosing what to write about for this site is… fairly arbitrary.

Aborym is a band I learned about fairly quickly once I started listening to metal, although I have long since forgotten the means by which I learned about them. They basically satisfied my ‘electronics’ niche for a while as I was starting to listen to the more rarefied, extreme forms of metal. Of the material I’ve listened to, though, Kali Yuga Bizarre seems to have the strongest compositions. It also doesn’t delve as far into the industrial side of the band’s sound, or any other bits of the aesthetic. There’s less overt electronica, and many of the songs are simply straight up black metal. The lyrics have less of a technological focus – in fact, there is a decent amount of past glorification going on here, exemplified by “Roma Divina Urbs”… and the cover art. It is not very techy.

In fact, Kali Yuga Bizarre often has more in common with the black-thrash movement, which include such bands as Absu and Dodheimsgard. This influence is prominent in the riffing, and shows up most in “Metal Striken Terror Action”. Keyboard/synthesizer presence is actually quite common given the underlying substrate, but most of the sounds the keyboardist uses lean towards the ‘instrument simulation’ side of things more than electronic sounds. Naturally, there are some exceptions, such as “Tantra Bizzara”, which is an accurately named bit of noisy, full on electronic music, albeit with black metal vocals running over it. However, for all the occasional electronic moments, much of this material wouldn’t be out of place on a Mayhem album. Needless to say, Mayhem is more relevant than one would initially think, because their occasional guest vocalist Attila Csihar performs a significant amount of the vocals on this album. Joining him is the band’s official vocalist (an unknown who went by the name “Yorga S.M”) – between them, they incorporate basically every style of vocals used in extreme metal. Given that Csihar likes to experiment with his vox, and that he went on to become the band’s official vocalist on their next two albums, I often have trouble determining who’s performing what – as a general rule, I assume that Yorga S.M is doing the absolutely bestial shouts in Italian that occasionally show up, and are probably the main type of vocals on “Metal Striken Terror Action”.

While this album has been out-industrialized by its successors, which make strides in adding electronics into black metal, the quality of the compositions (as previously mentioned) ultimately makes it more satisfying in the long run. To be fair, since this album doesn’t go all that far into industrial realms, the amount of difficulty in successfully bridging each aspect of the sound probably wasn’t that massive. The key, then, is that the band made the effort, and if they had sought to experiment more with this fusion, that would be important to their success.

Highlights: “Horrenda Peccata Christi”, “Roma Divina Urbs”, “Tantra Bizzara”

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