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ABYTHIC - Dominion of the Wicked
Iron Bonehead :: CD :: 12
The crushing 3rd full-length by this German band. Clearly on a creative roll -or the "roll" of a tank tread, as it were- "Dominion of the Wicked" is the sound of desolation given thundering might, heaviness (in all senses of the word) stretched apart to alternately suffocating/spacious extremes. Granted, Abythic still retain that proud and powerful class as informed by mid-period Bolt Thrower, Asphyx, Grave and Pentacle, but with 4 songs spanning a stultifying 35 minutes, "Dominion of the Wicked" both challenges the listener and makes for masterfully atmospheric listening. In fact, those 35 minutes are so engrossing, so majestically hypnotic yet heavy, those minutes feel more like years, such is the time-evaporating power Abythic have so studiously built these last few records. "Dominion of the Wicked" is a resolutely doomed-out iteration of the ever-sturdy Abythic aesthetic.

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