Photo by Caroline Harrison


Live black metal isn't always my thing. Much of the genre depends on atmosphere, production techniques, and mystique to achieve its full effect. Vital details of this sort don't always translate very well in a sweaty venue full of drunk people.

Absu do not play this kind of black metal. Theirs is an explosive, almost grinding take on the style, and they are a fantastic live band. Their riffs are harmonically eerie, as black metal should be, but the entire band shreds so hard that you almost don't notice them at first. Proscriptor McGovern fully deserves his reputation as one of the best drummers (and funniest frontmen) in metal. I still wish that Slayer had hired him after he auditioned for the band.

Invisible Oranges is pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring Absu's NYC appearance on their upcoming North American tour. Joining them will be the Villains, whose death/black/thrash mashups will sit nicely beside Absu's occult onslaught. Villains released a new album earlier this year: the hilariously titled Never Abandon the Slut Train, which you can stream below.

The Absu/Villains show in question will take place at November 18 (11/18) at Saint Vitus Bar. You can buy tickets here, and you can keep an eye on the Facebook event for additional lineup announcements. See you there.

If you live elsewhere, you can check out the full run of Absu dates below.

— Doug Moore



Absu North American Connexus Continuation dates
11/08/2013 31st Street Pub - Pittsburgh, PA
11/09/2013 Down And Over Pub - Milwaukee, WI @(November Coming Fire Festival
11/10/2013 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL
11/11/2013 Fubar - St. Louis, MO
11/12/2013 Beale Street Live - Indianapolis, IN
11/13/2013 The Maywood - Raleigh, NC
11/14/2013 The Pinch - Washington, DC
11/15/2013 Firehouse Saloon - Rochester, NY
11/16/2013 Mavericks - Ottawa, ON
11/17/2013 Boot & Saddle - Philadelphia, PA
11/18/2013 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY


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