On the occasion of the review of the debut full length self-titled Abske Fides, I expressed the feeling that the work was still a moment of transition, in light of the different influences that went to affect the solid base doom. Just this wandering appearance, combined with a frequent use of clean vocals at least revisable, had left me slightly perplexed and, therefore, I can only express the utmost satisfaction in noting that, with this O Sol Fulmina A Terra, the music of destiny back to cloak in toto the sound of the Brazilian band spreading over it its mournful veil and its heavy inevitability. O Sol Fulmina A Terra, since its title, doesn’t portend anything good for the future of a humanity at the end of its rope and powerless in front of the inevitable final surrender: the skill of the paulist trio, in this case, lies in being able to make in a masterful way this sense of suffocation and despair, without giving up a melodic construction always effective, this time combined with an effective growl that leaves very little space to clean vocals. Even if every now and then some sound choice is not fully convincing, like some guitar dissonances in the beautiful opener Na Planície Vermelha, Abske Fides are the authors of a work that brings them to the forefront of the lively Brazilian doom scene: the suffered gait of Árido Homem and of the conclusive Terra Vazia fully represents the drama of a death doom that does not give discounts, making almost visible the desperation of those who wander, last survivor, on an Earth that the Sun, after having cradled for eons with its heat, has decided to annihilate in a definitive way. The initial melodic afflatus of Imóveis Ares is one of the few moments in which it is possible to link the work of ours to that of HellLight, so different is the approach of the two bands to the same matter, but it’s just a moment, in fact, since then the song resumes its leaden unraveling and then rarefies in the final part and flows into the disturbing instrumental Interregno. Personally I’m very satisfied with this test, not only for its intrinsic value, but especially because, at the time when a doom band begins to be attracted by post-metal or progressive sounds, I consider it almost lost to the cause while understanding the desire to evolve towards other musical forms: Abske Fides demonstrate, with O Sol Fulmina A Terra, that sometimes taking a step backwards is equivalent to taking three steps forward, and those who love this unique musical genre can only agree with me.
2016 – The MetalVox
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