A couple of years ago (between October and November 2013) I was surfing on the internet, looking for some new Black Metal bands; and after a while, I found out this American band named Abigail Williams. I searched for some of their music and, I was very impressed with these guys’ musicianship and songwriting skills.
With a mix of Black Metal and Metal Core, they started with their first EP called “Legend”, to switch from there, to a more Symphonic Black Metal sound (à la Dimmu Borgir) with the debut LP “In the Shadow of 1000 Suns” and the follow up “In the Absence of Light”. Is not my intention to share with you guys a biography of them, so I strongly recommend you search information about them on google (wikipedia in fact provide some interesting information); what I want to talk about here, is their last album called “Becoming”.
So, why the interest in this album? As you might know, there is an extensive list of BM albums, that everyone should listen, but what I find different on this album, is that actually you can notice the felling on every single song, without losing the rawness and aggression characteristic of the genre.
Musically it is a mix between the early raw black metal sound, a bit of symphonic BM with some post rock music vibe (just like the music of God is An Astronaut). The amazing growling provided by Ken Sorceron is without any doubt one of the highlights of this album. The opening track “Ascension Sickness” represent the perfect combination of melancholy and aggression, followed by “Radiance” which is one of my favorite track on the album, give us a great example that Black Metal is not only, the type of music that is limited to pure aggression and blast beats. “Elestial” and “Infinites Fields of Mind” represent the sound of the whole album along with “Three Days of Darkness”, in which we will listen some subtle influences of their Symphonic Black Metal past. At the end of the album, Abigail Williams give us one of the best string passages, in the track “Beyond the Veil”.
In conclusion, and responding my question in the title of this entry, from my particular point of view, my answer is Yes, this album is without any question a milestone on the Black metal music history, and it should not be easily forgotten, like it seems to actually happens.
I hope that Abigail Williams give us a new masterpiece just like this one, very very soon. I hope you liked it this entry, and please don’t hesitate to post your comments and opinions, I would really love to know them.