Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Absu: Don't mess with black metal

Originally from Plano Texas, Absu was not only an area band on the aQ/WFMU bill, but also one of a small number of black metal bands in all of SXSW. (The only other BM band I can think of off hand is Wolves in the Throne Room). I find it odd considering the current popularity of not only black metal, but USBM in particular. Absu, however were not phased by this as they are currently basking in the glow of a large surge of popularity right now. Which partially explains how they found themselves on this very eclectic and buzz-worthy showcase.

The band has been through a fair number of lineup changes, and evolution in sound. (There is a fantastic bio on their myspace page.) They now have a new incarnation that is bringing back a truly grim black metal aesthetic. Beyond putting out a new album, which you can check out here, they are also embarking on an amazing tour with the fantastic French band Glorior Belli. You can check out the dates for that here

Proscriptor McGovern was kind enough to answer a few questions, and I was also able to get footage of their first song.

SXSW#12: Absu at the aQ/WFMU showcase from Denman C Anderson on Vimeo.

SXSW#13: Absu preforming at the aQ/WFMU showcase from Denman C Anderson on Vimeo.

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