Abstracter are a band from Oakland, California that plays a mixture of black metal, sludge, crust, noise and psychedelic and this is a review of their 2015 album "Wound Empire" which will be released in February by Sentient Ruin Labratories.
A very dark, distorted and atmospheric sound starts off the album along with a great amount of reverb and distortion before getting a little bit more louder and you can hear some grim black metal vocals being added into the music after awhile along with some deep growls which also takes the music into a more heavy sludge metal direction.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the songs also mix in a decent amount of melody with the heavier parts and all of the songs are very long and epic in length, as the album progresses clean playing can be heard in certain sections of the recording along with more elements of drone, noise and psychedelic being added into some of the tracks and on the last song a small amount of melodic clean singing vocals are added into the music.
Abstracter plays a very slow and heavy form of music that mixes black metal, doom and sludge together while also adding in elements of drone and psychedelia to make their music sound a lot more experimental, the production sounds very dark yet powerful at the same time while the lyrics cover dark and metaphysical themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Abstracter and if you are a fan of black metal. sludge, doom, noise and psychedelia, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Lightless" and "Cruciform". 8 out of 10.