Album Review: Abigail Williams – Walk Beyond The Dark 8.7 (Black Metal)

Written by Zax

  • Abigail Williams
  • Walk Beyond The Dark
  • Atmospheric Black Metal
  • Washington, USA
  • November 15, 2019
  • 8.7/10

2019 has been a very interesting and unique year for music and my taste in general. I won’t go fully into my thoughts on the year, but one thing I’ve noticed is all the amazing releases dropping at the very tale end of the year. For example, one of the best goddamn black metal records of the year dropped last Friday. The record I’m speaking of is the new Abigail Williams outing, it has absolutely blown me away.

Abigail Williams has been pretty consistently great throughout the years sonically, but they’re also sonically inconsistent in the sense that just about every release sounds different. Which I personally think is great, when a band can frequently experiment with their sound and stick the landing every time. This album in particular is interesting because of how many different black metal styles and subgenres they’ve managed to cram into one record, along with the massive production, and swelling violins.

Before I go further into detail about the record I just want to bring attention to the gorgeous album cover. Seriously, Mariusz Lewandowski is a phenomenal artist and he is behind several of my favorite album covers this year.

Anyway, back to the tunes. The vocals are mainly maliciously evil sounding black metal mids, but we also get some ominous baritone clean vocals here and there on tracks like “Sun and Moon.” On the last track titled “The Final Failure” the vocalist unleashes an ungodly guttural to end off the record, it cascades over mountainous riffs and barrels down on the listeners for a truly epic ending to the album.

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The album is pretty varied instrumentally. We get passages of pure black metal, with blistering blast-beats and razor sharp riffs. Then we get some more doom influenced sections with slow colossal riffs. There are also some more mellow atmospheric parts that sound straight out of a post-black record, with softer riffs and beautiful violins. The track “Born Of Nothing” shows this style off quite well. The cherry on top is the exquisite production that makes everything so haunting and enormous sounding.

Like I said earlier, this is one of my favorite black metal releases of the year. I know the year is coming to a close, but make sure you don’t sleep on this release!


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