Published Aug 14, 2019The spirit of Blasphemy and the Ross Bay Cult endures in great part through the plethora of younger bands obsessed with their singularly primitive and chaotic sound, taking up the banner as their own. Abysmal Lord imbibe of the blood of the formative bestial sound, seemingly uninterested in pushing forward, happy to dwell like satanic royalty in the glories of the past on their sophomore release, Exaltation of the Infernal Cabal.
The atmospherics of "The Exalted Killing" are but a cruel ploy in the face of "Monolith of Vengeance," which gives the listener not a moment to acquaint themselves in the hellfire of caveman-smashing percussion and blocky riffs that simulate absolute upheaval of technicality and taste. Abysmal Lord's vocals emulate Black Wind's iconic reverbed barking, while the strings tend to burst into the anarchic soloing that speaks as much of early Slayer as it does modern Revenge.
Exaltation of the Infernal Cabal makes no attempt to stray from the well-trodden war metal framework, but manages to remain affecting in its genuine embodiment of bestial lunacy that not just any band can pull off. Though we've heard their kind before, Abysmal Lord, with songs like "Preparing the Throne" and "Nuclear Absolution," touch on a nerve of primal excitement that make them violently potent, despite their lack of new ideas. (Hells Headbangers)