Album Review: Messiah In The Abyss – Genocidal Journey 7.4 (Black Metal)

Written by Zax

  • Messiah in the Abyss
  • Genocidal Journey
  • Black metal
  • Venezuela
  • March 23, 2020
  • Rating: 7.4/10

This quarantine will be bring the rise of the one man band, and Messiah in the Abyss is proof of that. Raw black metal with dark ambient and dungeon synth textures all the way from Venezuela. Everything is done by a man who goes by the name Zaratustra the dead. His output has been incredibly consistent, as he’s released a ton of music in a very short amount of time, and from what I’ve heard, It’s all quality!

There’s something so authentic and mysterious about black metal this obscure and dark that is an instant draw for me. This record is very short, in fact I’d almost be willing to call it an EP at only 6 tracks and around 30 minutes in length.

It starts out with a very striking and textured piece of dark ambient. It’s very unsettling and it sets the tone for the album well. Then we crash into the second track “End” which immediately decimates your ears with this crazy raw, loud, and fantastic guitar tone.

The production here is spot on. It’s raw, but listenable. Whether we’re talking polished production or raw production, it’s not the production quality that matters, it’s how you use it, and the tone is nailed here. Despite it’s rawness, the usage of potent melodies really stands out here!

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The vocals are very raw upper register screams, they’re buried down in the mix in a way that is aesthetically pleasing for this style, it’s almost like they’re being suffocated by the guitars and drums, but you know, in a good way.

This is just a very solid black metal experience. It’s dark and evil, authentically underground and DIY, and incredibly raw. Do yourself a favor and give this band a shot!


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