|©2011 Self Released
1. The Frost of a Thousand Winters
2. They Will Never Be Forgotten
These days it's rather easy for any joker with a small investment in basic equipment to release their very own black metal album. There appears to be literally thousands of bands worldwide sitting in their little homemade dungeons (also known as "their bedrooms") recording music. The trick is to then be discovered by willing pairs of ears that actually wish to hear the results. Granted, black metal has a low threshold necessary for entry, so anyone braving the overpopulated realm is going to be sifting through a whole lot of wretched material before finding something worth recommending. You should be pleased that I've undertaken this task on your behalf.
Adabroc is a one man Scottish band that plays a form of atmospheric black metal that takes cues both from the 90s sound (think Aeternus ever so slightly) with the more current style of epic length black metal. In the latter case, the one anchor band that comes to mind is Drudkh, though Adabroc is hardly a clone of that band. However, despite differences, Adabroc shows some skill at ten minute long songs that do not wear out their welcome and contain just a tad bit of "triumph", the musical requirement for any good black metal band. You know what I'm talking about. It's that point in a song where you suddenly feel uplifted and ready to topple the world of Judeo-Christianity, or vanquish enemy warriors, or something along those lines. Perhaps sorting your vinyl collection into alphabetical order counts as your own personal triumph.
Týrsa is but a short half hour of music, but it has a solid impact. The recording quality is fairly good for what is likely a budget effort. Keyboards are used throughout, but in very subtle ways. The title track actually heavily features piano and is less "black metal" than the other two songs, but it is dead solid on mood. "They Will Never Be Forgotten" may encapsulate what Adabroc's sound is, with a well arranged song that moves seamslessly through tempo and mood changes. This is the song that reminds me a bit of early Drudkh the most.
The best part about Adabroc's output so far is that all of the albums are being offered for free through the project's Facebook page, at least at the time of this writing. While so many times you get precisely what you pay for with this sort of thing, Adabroc's Týrsa proves to be an exception to that rule. For any fan of a slightly raw atmospheric black metal approach, this is a very good release. I sincerely hope the man behind this musical act will have enough time and energy in the near future to continue recording, as I wish to hear where he can take his musical vision.
Review by John Chedsey
Review date: 03/2012