Absu ‎– Tara

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Osmose Productions ‎– OPCD 098, Osmose Productions ‎– OPCD098
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Phase One: "Ioldanach's Pedagogy"
1 Tara
Lyrics By – ProscriptorMusic By – Absu, Don Shannon
1:56
2 Pillars Of Mercy
Lyrics By – Equitant, ProscriptorMusic By – Shaftiel
4:21
3 A Shield With An Iron Face
Lyrics By – Equitant, ProscriptorMusic By – Shaftiel
3:22
4 Manannan
Lyrics By – Equitant, ProscriptorMusic By – Proscriptor, Shaftiel
6:39
5 The Cognate House Of Courtly Witches Lies West Of County Meath
Backing Vocals – Masthema MazzaqimLyrics By – ProscriptorMusic By – Shaftiel
4:19
6 She Cries The Quiet Lake
Backing Vocals – Masthema MazzaqimLyrics By – ProscriptorMusic By – Shaftiel
4:11
7 Yrp Lluyddawc
Music By – Proscriptor
1:51
Phase Two: "The Cythraul Klan's Scrutiny"
8 From Ancient Times (Scarless Skies Burn To Ash)
Lyrics By – Equitant, ProscriptorMusic By – Shaftiel
3:53
9 Four Crossed Wands (Spell 181)
Backing Vocals – Melechesh Ashmedi*Lyrics By – ProscriptorMusic By – Shaftiel
4:46
10 Vorago (Spell 182)
Lyrics By – ProscriptorMusic By – Shaftiel
5:45
11 Bron (Of The Waves)
Music By – Absu, Vincent Rossi
1:32
12 Stone Of Destiny (...For Magh Slecht And Ard Righ)
Backing Vocals – Sir Ronnie TrentLyrics By – ProscriptorMusic By – Shaftiel
7:47
13 Tara (Recapitulation)
Lyrics By – ProscriptorMusic By – Absu, Don Shannon
1:45

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Printed in E.U.
The first press don't have the copy-protection method which renders the CD unreadable in PCs and certain modern Hi-Fi systems!!

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 4 001617 082027
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): A0100426073-0101 11 A1 Sony DADC
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): A0100362905-0101 18 A2 Sony DADC
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): A0100362905-0101 18 A3 Sony DADC
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): A0100362905-0101 18 A4 Sony DADC
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5): A0100362905-0101 18 A3 Sony DADC
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6): A0100362905-0101 18 A2 Sony DADC
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI L551
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L558
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI L558
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI L558
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 5): IFPI L558
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 6): IFPI L558
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 949B
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 94Z7
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 94U1
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 944B
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 5): IFPI 94Z3
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 6): IFPI 94X3
  • Rights Society: SACEM SACD SDRM SGDL
  • Label Code: LC 02406

Other Versions (5 of 16) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
OPCD 098 Absu Tara(CD, Album, Promo) Osmose Productions OPCD 098 France 2001 Sell This Version
CRYPT 43 Absu Tara(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) The Crypt CRYPT 43 US 2017 Sell This Version
MUTP 020 Absu Tara(CD, Album) Mutilation Records MUTP 020 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
CDM 0304-1737 Absu Tara(CD, Album, Enh) CD-Maximum CDM 0304-1737 Russia 2004 Sell This Version
OLY0226-2 Absu Tara(CD, Album) Olympic Recordings (2) OLY0226-2 US 2002 Sell This Version

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eofor

eofor

February 14, 2005
edited over 14 years ago

I don't want to fall into hyperbole too much, but this is the best metal album from the US since Winter "Into Darkness" crawled out of its mental institution in 1990.

Slayer's "Reign In Blood" might be a better comparison though, as the similarities are numerous; from the acrobatic drumming (before Dave Lombardo returned to Slayer, Proscriptor was actually set to become his replacement) to the razorsharp precision riffs to the glorious oldschool infectious speed/thrash feel. Absu also share with Slayer the ability to strucure the savage violence and adrenaline into naturally flowing songs, which actually is a rare ability in the genre where awkwardly structured "riff salads" are the norm. Where Abso go beyond Slayer however, is in the fury factor - the songs move at ludicrous speeds yet feel totally controlled.

"Tara" feels like the culmination of fifteen years of metal, applying the innovations of Slayer, Destruction, Mayhem, Immortal and Impiety into something that transcends singular definitions of thrash/black/heavy metal - it is simply "Metal". On previous albums Absu occasionally hinted at being this good. This is delivery.