Dallas, Texas, USA.

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Black Metal/Thrash Metal

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Latest line-up:
Proscriptor McGovern - Lead Vocals/Mellotron/Drums/Percussion
Vis Crom - Guitars
Ezezu - Bass/Vocals

Tara line-up:
Shaftiel - Lead Guitar/Rhythm Guitar/Acoustic Guitar/Bass Guitar/Vocals
Equitant Ifernain - Electric Bass
Sir Proscriptor McGovern - Vocals/Drums/Percussion/Analog Synthesizers

Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L. line-up:
Shaftiel - Guitars/Vocals
David Athron Mystica - Guitar
Black Massith - Keyboards/Synthesizers
Equitant - Bass/Effects
Proscriptor - Drums/Percussion/Vocals

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'Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L.' (1993)
'The Sun Of Tiphareth' (1995)
'The Third Storm Of Cythraul' (1997)
'Tara' (2001)
'Absu' (2009)
'Abzu' (2011)

... plus a number of demos, EPs, and splits not listed.

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Absu is an extreme metal band from Dallas, Texas. Their demos and first album leaned towards death metal, but evolved more towards a black metal and thrash metal which includes elements of Celtic and folk music (and later, elements of jazz fusion, progressive rock and psychedelic music) which the band calls 'Mythological Occult Metal'. Their lyrical themes are esoteric, including themes of Celtic, Sumerian and Mesopotamian myths and legends, alchemy, numerology, magick, and sorcery.

The band originally formed as Dolmen in 1989, and after briefly taking the name Azathoth, they became Absu in 1991.

Joey Jordison (Slipknot) is a big fan of Absu, and he coined the term 'Absu' to describe the black make-up that members of Slipknot wear under their masks to darken around the eyes and mouth.

Author's note: Most people regard the 2001 album, 'Tara', as the absolute peak of the band's career. Proscriptor McGovern's drum work is the masterpiece of this release, displaying an inhuman speed and technicality that surely set a new benchmark in extreme metal drumming.

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ABSU - Official
ABSU - Bandcamp
ABSU - Facebook
ABSU - ReverbNation
ABSU - SoundCloud
Proscriptor McGovern - YouTube

Absu - Vorago (Spell 182)
Interview with Proscriptor McGovern of ABSU