Abyssal: Novit Enim Dominus Qui Sunt Eius

Arcane extremity broadcast direct from fever’s edge

You can trust Louder Our experienced team has worked for some of the biggest brands in music. From testing headphones to reviewing albums, our experts aim to create reviews you can trust. Find out more about how we review.

This shadowy UK trio’s second album is an arcane death/black hybrid, with shifting drums and volcanic acid guitar sludge reminiscent of Formulas...-era Morbid Angel blended with the malign, droning chaos of Portal and sprinkled with creepy death-industrial interludes.

Although there’s an aloof political sensibility in titles like As Paupers Safeguard Magnates, illegible grunts are buried under the maniacal din, the monotony and repetition making this seem like two satisfyingly abstruse albums mercilessly rammed together into one hour-long endurance test.

Capable of inducing fevered paranoid states, there’s no quarter given to notions of melody or variety. But if you want an esoteric subterranean cacophony, this’ll hit that spot.

Chris Chantler

Chris has been writing about heavy metal since 2000, specialising in true/cult/epic/power/trad/NWOBHM and doom metal at now-defunct extreme music magazine Terrorizer. Since joining the Metal Hammer famileh in 2010 he developed a parallel career in kids' TV, winning a Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award for BBC1 series Little Howard's Big Question as well as writing episodes of Danger Mouse, Horrible Histories, Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed and The Furchester Hotel. His hobbies include drumming (slowly), exploring ancient woodland and watching ancient sitcoms.