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ABIGOR are an Austrian progressive/ experimental extreme metal/ black metal act formed in 1993 in Vienna. The band has been through several lineup changes through the years and only constant member of the band has been Peter Kubik ( also known as P.K. and Virus 666). The band was originally known as a traditional raw black metal act and most of the material ABIGOR released in the period 1993 - 2003 falls under that catagory.

The band split up in 2003 but reformed in March 2006 with a new lineup. After the reformation ABIGOR also changed their style towards a much more progressive/ experimental/ industrial extreme metal style. Albums like "Fractal Possession" (2007) and especially "Time Is the Sulphur in the Veins of the Saint..." (2010), which consist of only two almost 20 minute long compositions, should appeal to fans of artists such as DØDHEIMSGARD, CONTROL HUMAN DELETE, VOID, CODE and THE AXIS OF PERDITION. ABIGOR released their debut full-length studio album "Verwüstung / Invoke the Dark Age" in November 1994 and with the latest album release "Time Is the Sulphur in the Veins of the Saint..." their total count of studio albums is now 8. The current lineup consists of A.R. (Arthur Rosar) on Vocals, P.K. (Virus 666, Peter Kubik) on Guitars and Bass and T.T. (Thomas Tannenberger) on Drums and Guitars. ABIGOR is purely a studio act and have in several interviews stressed that they have never played live and that they never will.

The inclusion of ABIGOR to the Prog Archives database was approved by the Progressive Metal Team on the grounds of their progressive releases after reforming in 2006.

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2.80 | 8 ratings
Verwüstung / Invoke the Dark Age
1994
3.26 | 11 ratings
Nachthymnen (From the Twilight Kingdom)
1995
2.00 | 5 ratings
Opus IV
1996
2.14 | 5 ratings
Supreme Immortal Art
1998
2.12 | 8 ratings
Channeling the Quintessence of Satan
1999
2.07 | 6 ratings
Satanized (A Journey Through Cosmic Infinity)
2001
3.00 | 9 ratings
Fractal Possession
2007
3.44 | 10 ratings
Time Is the Sulphur in the Veins of the Saint...
2010
2.96 | 4 ratings
Leytmotif Luzifer
2014

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1.50 | 2 ratings
Origo Regium 1993-1994
1998

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1.00 | 4 ratings
Ash Nazg
1993
1.95 | 2 ratings
Lux Devicta Est
1994
1.00 | 2 ratings
Promo '94
1994
1.00 | 2 ratings
Moonrise
1994
2.67 | 5 ratings
Orkblut - The Retaliation
1995
1.08 | 3 ratings
Apokalypse
1997
1.00 | 2 ratings
Structures of Immortality
1998
1.00 | 2 ratings
In Memory
2000
1.00 | 2 ratings
Shockwave 666
2004

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 Leytmotif Luzifer by ABIGOR album cover Studio Album, 2014
2.96 | 4 ratings

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Leytmotif Luzifer
Abigor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 'Leytmotif Luzifer' - Abigor (66/100)

Considering how primal and 'anti-art' much of the Second Wave of black metal purported themselves to be, it is halfway ironic- though entirely welcomed- that so many of the bands have since expanded their grasp to encompass experimental and avant-garde territory. Austria's Abigor was founded in '93 as a relative mirror of their Norwegian contemporaries' approach and atmosphere, but nine full-lengths have witnessed an evolution in favour of bleak abstraction. Like Deathspell Omega, Abigor use their weirdest elements to amplify the spiritual warfare and malevolence held sacred by genre-traditionalists.

I have been a moderate fan of Abigor's work since 2010 when they released the impressive Time Is the Sulphur in the Veins of the Saint. In the years since, I've gotten around to hearing most of their work. While I've found most of it enjoyable (with particular accolades going to the above-mentioned and their classic Nachthymnen) I have always had the impression Abigor are nowhere near as good as the bands they're typically compared with. In the case of Leytmotif Luzifer, the chaotic aggression, spastic leads and 'orthodox' spirituality peg them firmly within the neighbourhood of Deathspell Omega. It is worthy of some praise that Abigor have unleashed their most hectic album to date, but they seem to lack something that DSO had plenty of; that being a means of refreshing the effect of their extremity through consistent and dynamic composition.

I do not mean to say that Leytmotif Luzifer was in any way hurried or thoughtless when it came to its songwriting. Black metal as complex and harried as this never blooms without some numberless amount of attention given to it. Each minute of the rushes past in a surge; the faux-chorus of growled vocals alone seem to play the part of an unruly mob-- an impression of chaos in this context only comes from strict order on the band's part. The guitars are fast and biting, and sometimes bolstered with symphonic undertones. Although it may not be fair to liken them too much to Deathspell Omega (Abigor still feel a bit of the Second Wave tradition in their riffs) Leytmotif Luzifer is replete with quick burstfire solos that emerge in virtually every track, exactly alike in tone and context to the leads in DSO's own Fas - Ite, Maledict, in Ignem Aeternum. It's clear where Abigor have taken some of their influences from; they employ the chaotic energy to generally admirable effect, but for music that has taken such great lengths to appearing avant-garde, Leytmotif Luzifer sounds a little too familiar for its own good.

Abigor have charged with such speed and aggression here that it takes several listens to make any sense of it. That feeling of being out-of-control as a listener is part of what can make this chaotic branch of black metal work so well. The band's folly with Leytmofic Luzifer is that they have continued this assault without relent; there is no respite, nor sense of contrast to give weight to the amorphous aggression that runs throughout the album's length. Abigor's dedication to chaos and most forms of extremity work against their own effect. It is not long before the listener grows accustomed to the same guitar patterns and sporadic leads; as any addict will tell you, it's not long before a tolerance builds up. It is such that it actually feels like a [%*!#]ing revelation on "Temptation V: Neglect" when Abigor tone down the chaos for the sake of a quasi-Gregorian vocal hook... "WE PRAISE THEE!!!"

Even when it seems to be an expected prerequisite to have at least a mild fluency in Latin and/or Greek to make a 'serious' anti-Christian statement in black metal, it should be said that Abigor yet stand apart from any of their peers when it comes to their lyrical exploration. Leytmotif Luzifer is not, perhaps, the sort of intellectually and challenging manifesto that DSO produced with their trilogy; it is nonetheless difficult and rare for a band to write Satanic lyrics that feel sincerely religious. Indeed, Leytmotif Luzifer reads like it was drawn from the penhand of a genuine fanatic. It is a shame that the music rarely evokes the same feeling of authentic spiritual evocation.

Although Abigor have never swayed from their mission of Satanic predication, their grasp o the subject has evolved just as much as the music; as per the best of their contemporaries, they pursue their worship with a poetic depth and conviction that matches the scriptures of those who profess other, considerably more mainstream theologies... Leymotif Luzifer is nowhere near as cutting-edge, nor quite as inventive as it first sounds, but Abigor's latest packs enough of a swirling punch to satisfy most of those who deem themselves fans of this twisted end of the black metal spectrum.

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 Nachthymnen (From the Twilight Kingdom) by ABIGOR album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.26 | 11 ratings

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Nachthymnen (From the Twilight Kingdom)
Abigor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Abigor's second album finds them taking an intriguing, almost operatic approach to black metal which stands in stark contrast to the symphonic synthesiser-supported style that was explored at around the same time by the likes of Dimmu Borgir. Rather than broadening the variety of instruments used, Abigor instead added complexity to their music by crafting intricate riffs which seem simple enough to a casual listener but when you direct your attention to them they prove to have plenty of hidden depths. Gloriously atmospheric, as the best black metal should be, the album shows a band who have that rare combination of qualities: a willingness to experiment on the one hand and a refusal to be show-offy about it on the other hand.

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 Verwüstung / Invoke the Dark Age by ABIGOR album cover Studio Album, 1994
2.80 | 8 ratings

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Verwüstung / Invoke the Dark Age
Abigor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by J-Man
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3 stars After releasing a string of demos in 1993 and early 1994, Austrian black metal outfit Abigor finally took advantage of the full-length album format with 1994's Verwüstung / Invoke the Dark Age. Gone are the shoddy production values and average songwriting that plagued their early demos, and in its place is some pretty impressive and even mildly experimental black metal music. Although Abigor doesn't do quite enough to substantially differentiate themselves from the more renowned second-wave black metal bands, they do exhibit an ambitious attitude on Verwüstung / Invoke the Dark Age; and for the most part, they deliver their sound with great success. This album isn't flawless, but it's a highly promising debut from an unfortunately overlooked band.

Though this may sound strange when we're discussing a black metal record from 1994, one of the first things that grabbed my attention about Verwüstung / Invoke the Dark Age was how tight and precise Abigor sounds from a musicianship perspective. Drummer Thomas Tannenberger is especially on fire here, and in addition to dishing out plenty of lightning-fast blastbeats, his fills are also some of the most impressive I've ever heard. It's clear that Abigor has really honed in on their craft since their sloppy demo tapes, and their abilities as songwriters have also much improved. Although I don't think Verwüstung / Invoke the Dark Age entirely captures the dark atmosphere that Abigor was aiming for, there's no doubt in my mind that this is a great black metal album from beginning to end. The mildly technical style of songwriting immediately sets Abigor apart from the Burzums and Darkthrones of the world, and a few folky acoustic sections and synthesizer parts do further give the band a name of their own. I wouldn't say that the synthesizers are used particularly well, and they do often give off a bit of a cheesy vibe, but it is clear that Abigor is a somewhat unique band, even if they don't stray from the norm too often.

All in all, Verwüstung / Invoke the Dark Age is an impressive and pretty original debut from Abigor. The complex riff structures and twisted sense of melody are a clear signal of a band with a lot of promise, and I'll be looking forward to brushing up on the rest of Abigor's discography in the future. Although I'm missing any truly mesmerizing atmospheres on Verwüstung / Invoke the Dark Age, the band does deliver enough memorable riffs and progressive flourishes to make this a worthwhile experience for black metal fans. 3.5 stars are well-deserved for this impressive debut.

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 Ash Nazg by ABIGOR album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1993
1.00 | 4 ratings

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Ash Nazg
Abigor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by J-Man
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1 stars Quickly following their formation in 1993, Austrian black metal act Abigor assembled this ten-minute demo to get their ideas out to the public later that year. Ash Nazg is, like most black metal cassette demos from this time period, a virtually unlistenable experience - though the band displays a few interesting ideas, they are so obscured by an unbearable production that it comes across as a torturous listen. Fans of Abigor may find minor interest in Ash Nazg from a sheer novelty perspective, but it is far from an even remotely rewarding musical experience.

Although most early black metal demos had a terrible sound quality, Ash Nazg may take the cake as the worst sounding demo I have ever heard. Aside from faint guitar buzzing and shrieking vocals, the rest of the music sounds more like a technical hiccup than an actual recording - the drums are inaudible throughout much of the demo, and the bass is even less noticeable. Musically, this is pretty standard nineties' black metal without any ventures into the band's later, more progressive side. There are a few decent riffs scattered throughout this ten-minute demo, but they are concealed by the muddy production to the point where all that remains is incomprehensible noise.

Ash Nazg is a pretty terrible demo in all honesty, but thankfully Abigor would prove that they were a competent act with their upcoming 1994 debut album. This is avoidable unless you're a listener who devours all things 'kvlt'; even then, it is passable at best. 1 star is of course warranted in this case.

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 Orkblut - The Retaliation by ABIGOR album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1995
2.67 | 5 ratings

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Orkblut - The Retaliation
Abigor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Orkblut - The Retaliation' - Abigor (6/10)

Caught in between the dedication necessary to come out with another full-length, and the quick one-take demos they had done so many of, Abigor released 'Orkblut - The Retaliation', a mini- CD that met some acclaim and success when it was released in 1995. Although being little more than twenty minutes long, a similar quality to that which Abigor would employ on their full- lengths is here, making the album a good, condensed equivalent to a typical forty minute journey with the band. Abigor do not innovate much here, but there are enough fresh and exciting ideas woven into their traditional style to make 'Orkblut' stand as an engaging listen to this day.

Most notable of a sound for this band are their use of flutes throughout the EP. Split into a number of smaller interlude tracks, flutist Rune adds a tranquil, arboreal tinge to what is otherwise a fairly dark piece of melodic black metal. With half of the songs on the album being over within a minute, there is the sense that 'Orkblut' is meant to be listened to from start to finish, and in that respect, it works quite well. Abigor have created an interesting sense of flow for their music. Emperor would be a good comparison for the black metal sound of Abigor; although maintaining a dark atmosphere throughout their music, Abigor are able to weave some nice melodies into it, through use of guitar. The melodies are not particularly memorable, but they are a nice contrast to what would otherwise be a pure descent into darkness.

'Orkblut' is one of the band's first truly good releases, and they would get better from here. Abigor don't have the same innovative awe as a band like Emperor or Mayhem, but this Austrian act commands a similar sort of power in their music. 'Orkblut' is not an excellent album, but at last, their talent as musicians is finally able to shine through.

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 Moonrise by ABIGOR album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1994
1.00 | 2 ratings

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Moonrise
Abigor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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1 stars 'Moonrise' - Abigor (2/10)

In a string of chainsaw-production demos from Abigor, we see a slow, but sure development from a young, somewhat reserved black metal band, to a more adventurous sort of act. While improvements and evolution is evident in almost all of the demos, they all sadly share some of the worst production standards I have ever heard. 'Moonrise' is the fourth chronological demo from the dungeons of Abigor, and it is the first one where they have started to focus exclusively on longer songwriting. Their second demo 'Lux Devicta Est' had a nine minute track, but its aimlessness gave the impression that Abigor were not invested in taking that step at the time. Unlike the typical three song fare that Abigor is used to following when making their demos, 'Moonrise' consists of two longer tracks, and a short intro that involves frontman Peter Kubik spitting out some apocalyptic incantations. The two songs to come after are fairly similar in structure, largely featuring the howl of black metal that Abigor was now quite experienced with. In with the typical black metal elements are some sparse acoustics.

It is difficult to talk about the individual details of Abigor's music here however, because, like the other demos Abigor had done in the past, 'Moonrise' has some fatally bad production. Although 'Moonrise' can be lauded for seeing the band take a small artistic leap from their past demos, it may have even worse sound quality than the ones I have heard before. The sound generally amounts to a harsh blur of screams, burnt-out sounds that bear a semblance to guitars, and a faint beating in the background may or may not be drums. I'm not sure; whatever promise that was on 'Moonrise' is sorrowfully murdered by the demo production. Like the ones before, I have a feeling that Abigor recorded these exclusively for their own benefit, because as a listening experience, it is painful.

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 Promo '94 by ABIGOR album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1994
1.00 | 2 ratings

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Promo '94
Abigor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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1 stars 'Promo '94' - Abigor (2/10)

In February of '94, Abigor got together to rehearse some material they were working on. As one might expect, a one-take black metal demo is not something that's going to appeal to the audiophile in all of us. Although the songwriting appears to have promise, I cannot give this album anything more than a low rating, if only for the fact alone that it sounds so garbled.

'Promo '94' comes from a long stream of demos from Abigor, and sadly, none of them are particularly good. Abigor always saved their quality for full lengths. 'Promo '94' does show a degree of improvement from the band's origins in 'Ash Nazg', but they were still light years away from what they would accomplish in November of that year, with 'Invoke The Dark Age'. A three song collection, 'Promo 94' sounds like it was recorded with a budget tape recorder. The guitar sounds like it's a sorry product of damaged tape, and the vocals are amateurishly filled with superfluous echoes that ring above everything else. As for the drums of Thomas Tannenberger, they are barely heard in this performance. It is a shame that the recording values of the rehearsal are so poor, because the songwriting here is relatively solid. 'Eye To Eye At Armageddon' has some memorable guitar melodies, even. However, more often than not, the entire thing ends up sounding like a singular blob of distorted mush. 'Promo 94' may have been useful for the band to get their thoughts on tape, but for the average listener, this is a waste of time.

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 Lux Devicta Est by ABIGOR album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1994
1.95 | 2 ratings

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Lux Devicta Est
Abigor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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2 stars 'Lux Devicta Est' - Abigor (4/10)

Abigor's second demo shows a fair improvement over their trashcan novelty demo 'Ash Nazg'. 'Lux Devicta Est' is not yet at the solid quality they would produce with 'Invoke The Dark Age' (their debut full-length) but it represents a band that is getting progressively tighter and more serious about their work. Much of the music still revolves around a recycled Norwegian black metal formula, but there are two tracks here that pique my interest. 'Kingdom of Darkness' is an uncharacteristically long song, although its structure can be broken down into an alternating soft-heavy pattern. The quiet moments are very dark and atmospheric, and the heavier parts show a real improvement over what Abigor was doing with 'Ash Nazg'. 'Animae Tortae' is a short interlude consisting of P.K snarling about evil-sounding things, before the music swells up into something gloomy and chaotic. Barring those two, 'Lux Devicta Est' is more or less, a bland black metal demo from a band who would go on to do much better things in the future.

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 Ash Nazg by ABIGOR album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1993
1.00 | 4 ratings

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Ash Nazg
Abigor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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1 stars 'Ash Nazg' - Abigor (2/10)

Forming earlier that year, Abigor's 1993 'Ash Nazg' demo was the Austrian black metal outfit's first semi-official attempt to get their musical ideas onto a recorded medium. While Abigor's first full-length 'Verwustung' would demonstrate a firm grasp of the black metal style, this demo sees Abigor rotting in a barely audible lo-fi dungeon. While I would say that 'Ash Nazg' will satisfy the diehard fans of the band, it will likely repulse anyone and everyone else.

In terms of songwriting, each of these three tracks does have potential. The central riff of 'Dance Of The Dead' has got some beauty to it, and the band's use of medieval samples creates an interesting atmosphere. As is normally expected for a demo, the sound quality and performance here is poor. What makes 'Ash Nazg' verge on the brink of 'unlistenable' is its recording standard and sound. Black metal often prides itself on a bleak, lo-fi sound, but the music is almost entirely obscured by blatant recording errors, and a mushy mix that turns T.T's drumwork into a disappearing act. 'Dance Of The Dead' is the only song of the three which manages to get out alive, although it is scarred, bruised, and badly beaten.

The music here would show potential if it was not murdered by a painfully weak execution. The dreadfully out-of-tune guitars and washboard production far outweigh the mildly interesting acoustics and samples Abigor has to offer here.

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 Verwüstung / Invoke the Dark Age by ABIGOR album cover Studio Album, 1994
2.80 | 8 ratings

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Verwüstung / Invoke the Dark Age
Abigor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Verwüstung / Invoke the Dark Age' - Abigor (6/10)

The early 90's were arguably the golden age for black metal, as anyone remotely familiar with the genre will attest. Abigor were a band that jumped on the bandwagon in 1993, and by the following year, their debut 'Verwüstung', or 'Invoke the Dark Age' was released. While much of the black metal years before had not amounted to much more than blastbeats and speedy chord work, Abigor used that mainframe to create something a little musically deeper. This Austrian trio takes the black metal aesthetic to the next level on the debut, although the journey is wrought with faults.

Some black metal bands who did something 'new' with black metal could be often defined in one word. Emperor, for example, brought the 'symphonic' sound to black metal. Abigor are not truly innovators, but they are taking a number of different fresh elements and sweeping them together. Among those, Abigor brings Teutonic chanting, orchestral flourishes and folky acoustics to light. Each of these is done fairly well, particularly in regards to the acoustic guitar playing, which remains subtle. Sadly, the rest of the progressive ideas that Abigor brings to the table are somewhat gimmicky. The fake orchestra sample only appears for a brief moment, and jarringly so. It's moments like this that rob the excellent concepts of Abigor of some of their prowess.

In terms of songwriting, 'Invoke The Dark Age' is best defined by a series of great moments and ideas, rather than overall structure and composition. Abigor's sound is divided between the unconventional elements, and a straightforward black metal sound reminiscent of their Norwegian contemporaries. In regards to atmosphere, Abigor lack the resonance of Mayhem, or the epic gloom of Burzum. One aspect Abigor does excel in is their performance, however. The production is painfully typical, but the guitars and drums play beyond many second wave black metal acts. Thomas Tannenberger displays a profound use of the doublekick, and Peter Kubik's use of melodic guitar lines and powerful solos is very beautiful. 'Invoke The Dark Age' is a very good black metal album, but as one could guess, Abigor would still had much to learn here.

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