Having recently inked a deal with Prosthetic Records, dystopian black metal trio ABHORIA have released False Idols – the second single to be taken from the Los Angeles, CA band’s upcoming self-titled debut album. Alongside False Idols’ release, ABHORIA have also shared an accompanying visualizer that features an extensive exploration of their debut album’s artwork. The video was deftly produced by Aimed & Framed.
Abhoria is due out on February 4 via Prosthetic Records – pre-order the album here.
Speaking on the single release, Vor (guitars) comments: “This was the song that laid the groundwork for what I wanted ABHORIA to be. I feel like it embodies the ‘90s black metal that first got me into the scene, but with a modern touch. Lyrically, it looks at people who present themselves as godlike entities in the hope that others will believe the hype, only to be identified as frauds.”
ABHORIA recorded their debut album remotely, with each member contributing their elements from afar. In fact, the band only met up – and played together – after the album had been recorded. The record was engineered, mixed and mastered by Shane Howard (Martriden, Helleborus) at Sawn & Quartered Studios; Shane was able to capture the raw brutality of the band, but with a layer of slick, modern metal production. A final visual flourish came courtesy of the distinctive cover artwork by fan-favorite Adam Burke.
ABHORIA’s modern take on a classic genre relies less on traditional black metal tropes and leans toward capturing the bleak landscape of an unforgiving world in sonic form. Through their lyrical storytelling, the band explores the darkest corners of the human psyche across the album’s unrelenting eight tracks. First single, Mountebank, focuses on a con artist offering the promise of a better life for only a “small sacrifice…”. Unevangelized looks at a despondent group fighting back against those offering “salvation” through religion. Grave Expectations explores a mysterious benefactor who lures people in only to hunt them for game.
ABHORIA invite you to discard your preconceptions of the genre, and embrace a take on black metal that reflects the relentless bleakness of a world not far from our own.
1. False Idols
3. The Thorn
4. Byzantine Promises
5. Grave Expectations