"In the Absence of Light" (Candlelight; 2010)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Dealing with defecting band members and a severe loss of style, Abigail Williams has found themselves out of ideas and scaled back to a three-piece unit to boot while trying their hand at producing a more traditional blend of black metal on their eight-track endeavor "In the Absence of Light."

Shedding their prior symphonic identity mainly due to the departure of their keyboardist, this trio settles into developing a meandering hodgepodge menagerie of Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, and Dark Funeral that misses the mark way more than expected.

Listless riffs, uninspired compositions, and aped concepts aplenty plague this disc’s momentum from the get-go, rendering this excursion as a retread release with a few shining moments (“Malediction”) yet far from essential and a major let down considering the troupe’s previous track record.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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