ABRUPTUM should need no introduction: from the beginning of the '90s
onward, their status as intensely evil cult icons has already been etched
intro legendry, with new generations discovering the duo's dark ways every
year. Of all of ABRUPTUM's strange and storied catalog, 1991's Orchestra
of Dark is one of the most interesting. Most significantly, this is the demo
which compelled Mayhem's Euronymous to sign the band to his Deathlike
While the story could satisfyingly stop there - again, ABRUPTUM went on to
black metal's most infamous label before its founder's untimely murder - it
bears repeating that Orchestra of Dark is in part built upon the previous
year's The Satanist Tunes demo, but bolstered with different effects and an
outro, making for 25 total minutes of audial blasphemy instead of 16. More
importantly, it is the haunting, horrific sounds ABRUPTUM committed to
tape here which make the recording sound as frighteningly fresh today as it
did way back then - verily, avant-garde soundscapes brought deep into the
black, occult ritualism gone wonderfully wrong, the work of restless youth
holding nothing back. Truly, the sound of righteous danger!
Way, way ahead of its time, Orchestra of Dark is long overdue for archival
reissue as a stand-alone release. Long live ABRUPTUM!
Cat No: BLOOD0083LP
Packaging: LP Regular
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