The Serpent, The Prophet & The Whore
Switzerland is a country famed for its neutrality in the world’s affairs, but when it comes to metal, they sure know how to attack. With a legacy containing legends such as Hellhammer, Celtic Frost and Coroner, they’ve continued to produce stunning bands across the years, albeit not with the same immortal status as their forefathers. And while its likely to remain that way, its good to know its now giving us Abraham, with their second album ‘The Serpent, The Prophet & The Whore‘.
Inspired by a novel by J.G. Rawls, ‘SP&W‘ is eight tracks of glorious Euro-style post metal/sludge that will quickly work its way to your brain. The irrepressible ‘Start with a Heartbeat’ is more than appropriate, as it builds into a finish that appropriately beats faster and faster until its sudden end. Straight into the more melodic, but no less intense. The remainder of the album swirls through a slightly progressive hybrid of sludgecore, black and post-metal, through its continuing variations in pace, with its finale ‘Dawn’ being among its centerpiece, with an electro-tinged introduction that builds through barked vocals and injected atmosphere, before releasing the final hammer of pressure, crashing it straight into the ground.
Not too many people will have heard of Abraham prior to now, but I sincerely hope this changes with this album. It’s a forward thinking album that successfully manages to avoid becoming tiresome, repetitive or dull despite not breaking out of the band’s comfort zone too much. The progressive flair shown at times on this record will only continue to grow, I’m sure, as Abraham journey further into their career. To call this record a masterpiece would overstate the quality of this album, and indeed slightly overrate it, but Abraham certainly present a compelling tale – I certainly think you should read into it.
Abraham – Start With a Heartbeat