“Legend” by Abigail Williams

Artist: Abigail Williams
Title: “Legend”
Label: Candlelight Records
Release Date: 1/23/2007
Genre: Melodic Black Metal
Rating: 4/5

Rising from the sands of Phoenix, Arizona come Abigail Williams, who on their impressive 5-song EP showcase a level of Metal intensity that one expects more from the European providers than from any band that has formed in the States. My reason for saying this is based on the bands use and skillful blending of traditional Norwegian Black Metal, twists of Swedish Gothenburg and the blistering intensity of Hardcore that is often found in the US’s own export – Metalcore. All these styles together might sound weird to you yet the band makes it work and shows just how exciting the results can be when these are mixed together with some sense of purpose. Singer Ken Sorceron growls his way through the EP like a maniacal cross between Dani Filth and Shagrath and perhaps this is what gets them compared to the likes of Cradle Of Filth and Dimmu Borgir on opener “From A Buried Heart”. I have to say that the drumming led me to think more of Dark Tranquility and the overall musical presence on the recording while Black and Extreme lends a lot of its appeal in the Gothenburg aspect. Guitars are handled by Brad Riffs and Elias in on the drums and unrelenting. There is effective use of keyboards by a young lady named Ellyllon and her input successfully kicks this up a notch for the group by their holding a very classical and majestic base on the tracks where the instrument comes off as most prevalent (“Like Carrion Birds” and “The Conqueror Wyrm” specifically). I was glad to hear Ken and company sing with some clean vocals as well and hope this is used more going forward as the genre is changing and finding more place for the dual vocals in the mix nowadays. Perhaps their coming full-length album will find the lovely Ellyllon offering some vocal support and give this band an added push in terms of dynamic and possibility.

There is a healthy amount of promise in this band if this EP is any sign of what else they have in store for us as Metal legions. It’s a solid and throttling piece of music that should scare other newcomers into raising their own game. As the newest signing to Candlelight Records they have joined on to the long anticipated Dark Funeral/Enslaved tour and this should expose them to an audience than most bands this new would never have the luxury of being a part of. Good luck Abigail Williams, now show us what else you can do.

Track Listing:
1. From A Buried Heart
2. Like Carrion Birds
3. The Conqueror Wyrm
4. Watchtower
5. Procession Of The Aeons

Official Website: www.abigailwilliams.net

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