French black metallers Abduction have returned after a long absence from the scene with their debut full length ‘Une Ombre Régit Les Ombres’. First coming on the scene in 2006, their debut demo in 2010 garnered a lot of interest, and finally the Dissection-inspired monster is ready to strike. It’s out now on Finisterian Dead End Records.
After the ghostly, acoustic intro, first track proper ‘Naphtalia’ hits instantly with sharp, savage riffing that oozes an insistent, dark energy. Melancholic atmospherics soak within each barbed riff and it shifts dynamically from gloomy clean sections to howling black metal rage. The shift is effortless; feeling like a natural transformation rather than forced. The songwriting is complex, mature and creates a free flowing record full of delicacy and feral rage. It is a balance that many bands strive for these days in black metal but few achieve.
Abduction paint with deft strokes, a thrilling nihilistic pallete full of powerful double kicks and savage riffing, but also trembling serenity. Eerie clean guitar sections haunt the serpentine closer ‘L’Enlèvement D’Automne’, and the likes of ‘Les Frissons Des Cimes’ is gloriously dark, but the title track takes my pick for top track here. Abduction soar with this record, delicate acoustics drifting like snowflakes in between blizzarding hails of scalding black metal fury. Stunning record