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Abigail Williams
In the Shadow of A Thousand Suns

Company: Candlelight USA
Release: 2008
Genre: Extreme
Reviewer: Chaoslord

  • A decent black/death mix



  • I had never heard of this band before this found it's way into my hands. The description on the cover of "Gothenburg style riffs with black/death vocals" really grabbed my attention. Upon first listen I wasn't all that impressed by this album.

    However, after a few more listens it began to grow on me. The guitars at times are very similar to an In Flames or Dark Tranquility album. The more I listened to In the Shadow of A Thousand Suns though, I felt like I was listening to a much heavier and nastier version of Hecate Enthroned. The guitar is galloping and rhythmic throughout most of the album.

    For atmosphere, there are some etherial keyboard and piano riffs interspersed throughout various songs, as well as a few instrumental tracks. The drums are lightning fast and extremely technical. But what really caught my ear were the breakdowns in the songs. They go from pulse pounding, brain bashing riffs to very melancholic, morose guitar and piano riffs with slower but no less heavy drum beats.

    These breakdowns also allow for the vocalist, Sorceron, to show off his clean vocal abilities. The rest of the band is as follows: Ellyllon tickling the ivories, Samus blasting out the drums, Plaguehammer laying down the bass, Bjornthor and Mike Wilson doing the guitar work.

    Over all the album is a good listen. It's very much as the description on the album cover reads and there isn't a whole lot that will surprise you. So if you want a decent black/death mix, find this on sale and pick it up.



    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: ABIGAIL WILLIAMS
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    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    In the Shadow of A Thousand SunsAbigail Williams
    2008
    Greg Watson4/2/2010
    LegendAbigail Williams
    2007
    David Loveless10/18/2007


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