Metal Mind Productions presents the exclusive re-releases of two albums by The Abyss, one of the most fascinating projects ever to emerge on the Scandinavian black metal scene. Brought to life by the musical mastermind Peter TÃ¤gtgren and two members of the lethal death metal act Hypocrisy, this diabolical group took all the best elements of old-school black metal and combined them into a filthy, obscure creation of pure blasphemy. These re-releases of the bandâ€™s two classic albums â€“ â€œThe Other Sideâ€ and â€œSummon the Beastâ€ â€“ shed some light on one of the darkest and most hateful acts ever to plague the music industry.
The band was started in Stockholm, Sweden in the year 1994, when three members of Hypocrisy â€“ Peter TÃ¤gtgren, Mikael Hedlund and Lars SzÃ¶ke â€“ decided to take all the black metal influences from their original group and put them into an entirely new project, which was eventually called The Abyss. The trio planned to write material that would honor the old-school black metal genre, finding inspiration in such ungodly groups as Hellhammer, Immortal and Bathory.
The bandâ€™s first album â€“ â€œThe Other Sideâ€ â€“ was released on March 10th, 1995. The nearly 30-minute, 8-track creation was more than enough to catch the attention of black metal fans and music critics worldwide. Such tracks as the furious â€œPsycomantumâ€, the atmospheric â€œSorgens Dalâ€ and the Mayhem-infected â€œSlukadâ€ highlighted the groupâ€™s impressive skills – TÃ¤gtgren took on drum and bass duties, while Hedlund and SzÃ¶ke handled the guitars. The vocal duties were shared by all three members. To underline their undying inspirations, The Abyss decided to record a cover version of the Hellhammer song â€“ â€œMassacraâ€. The track perfectly blended with the rest of the material and even gave the original a more sinister feel.
In 1996 The Abyss released their second LP, entitled â€œSummon the Beastâ€. This time most of the vocals were handled by Mikael Hedlund, whose voice proved to be ideal for hateful black metal. Musically, the band improved their sound making it even more aggressive and raw. The album was less melodic than the debut, proving the groupâ€™s dedication to the origins of the genre. Still, â€œSummon the Beastâ€ offered eight memorable tracks, with such stand-outs as â€œSatanâ€™s Majestic Empireâ€, â€œBlessedâ€ and â€œFeasting the Remains of Heavenâ€. Warmly greeted by the fans and critics, The Abyssâ€™ second LP was often compared to the best works by Gorgoroth, Marduk or Dark Funeral.
â€œThe Other Sideâ€ and â€œSummon the Beastâ€ bring back a true black metal gem â€“ an act so fiendishly crafted, that it deserves to be mentioned next to the most famous names in the entire genre. If you are looking for some filthy, diabolic and uncompromising music â€“ look no further. Take a leap and dive into The Abyss.
Metal Mind Productions will release both titles on 6th July in Europe and 11th August in USA (via MVD). New digipak edition is limited to numbered 1000 copies. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on a golden disc.
â€œThe Other Side / Summon the Beastâ€ (remastered)
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1292 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 1000 numbered copies)
Genre: black metal
Release date: 06.07.2009 Europe / 11.08.2009 USA
2. TjÃ£nare Af Besten
5. MÃµrkaets Vandring
6. Sorgens Dal
8. FÃµrintelsens Tid Ãƒro Kommen
9. Satans Majestic Empire
10. Blessed With The Wrath Of Evil
12. Summon The Beast
13. The Hymn
15. Feasting The Remains Of Heaven
16. The Arrival