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First formed as "Dolmen" in 1989 by Shaftiel (vocals/guitar/bass) and Equitant Ifernain (lead guitar, bass), the black/death metal band Absu hails from the least likely of extreme metal watering grounds: Dallas, Texas. By 1991, the name change to Absu (borrowed from ancient Mesopotamian beliefs) had taken effect, two demos, "Immortal Sorcery" and "Return of the Ancients" were in the can, and independent Gothic Records was showing interest in the self-proclaimed "mythological occult metal" group. Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor (a.k.a. Russ R. Givens) joined shortly after the release of the following year's The Temples of Offal E.P., and his academic lyrics and songwriting began to dominate the band, starting with 1993's full-length debut Barathrum. Absu then signed with France's famed Osmose Productions, which issued their subsequent efforts, Sun of Tiphareth (1995), ...And Shineth Unto the Cold Cometh (E.P., 1995), The Third Storm of Cythraul (1997), and In the Eyes of Ioldánach (E.P., 1998). Each of these displayed increasingly elaborate studies of obscure mysticism (Sumerian, Gaelic, you name it!), and, and led to tours with the likes of Impaled Nazarene and Enslaved, helping Absu carve a position of huge respect within black metal circles. 2001's long-awaited Tara focused on Celtic legend and obtained even greater acclaim, but was the last to feature longtime member Equitant. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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  1.   Song
  2.   Girra's Temple
  3.   Those of the Void Will Re-Enter
  4.   ...of the Dead Who Never Rest In Their Tombs Are the Attendance of Familiar Spirits: Diversified Signs Inscribed/Our Earth of Black/Voor
  5.   Ontologically, It Became Time & Space
  6.   A Song For Ea
  7.   Night Fire Canonization
  8.   Amy
  9.   Skrying In the Spirit Vision
  10.   Nunbarshegunu
  11.   13 Globes
  12.   Abraxas Connexus
  13.   Magic(K) Square Cipher
  14.   Circles of the Oath
  15.   In the Name of Auebothiabathabaithobeuee
  16.   Sceptre Command
  17.   Earth Ripper
  18.   Twix Yesterday, the Day & the Morrow
  19.   Between the Absu of Eridu & Erech
  20.   Ye Uttuku Spells
  21.   Of Celtic Fire We Are Born + Terminus
  22.   Transylvania
  23.   An Involution Of Thorns
  24.   Descent to Acheron
  25.   An Equinox Of Fathomless Disheartenment
  26.   The Thrice is Greatest To Ninnigal
  27.   Infinite and Profane Thrones
  28.   Fantasizing to the Third of the Pagan Vision
  29.   An Evolution of Horns
  30.   Gold Torques Of Ulaid
  31.   Swing of the Axe
  32.   Deathcrush
  33.   Phase One Iolanach's Pedagogy: Manannan
  34.   Phase One Iolanach's Pedagogy: Pilars of Mercy
  35.   Phase One Iolanach's Pedagogy: A Shield With an Iron Face
  36.   Phase One Iolanach's Pedagogy: The Cognate House of Courtly ...
  37.   Phase One Iolanach's Pedagogy: She Cries She Quiet Lake
  38.   Phase One Iolanach's Pedagogy: Yrp Lluyddawc
  39.   Phase Two: The Cythraul Klan's Scrutiny: From Ancient Times ...
  40.   Phase Two: The Cythraul Klan's Scrutiny: Four Crossed Wands (Spell 181)
  41.   Phase Two: The Cythraul Klan's Scrutiny: Vorago (Spell 182)
  42.   Phase Two: The Cythraul Klan's Scrutiny: Bron (Of the Waves)
  43.   Phase Two: The Cythraul Klan's Scrutiny: Stone of Destiny (...for Magh
  44.   Tara (Recapitulation)
  45.   From Ancient Times (Starless Skies Burn to Ash)
  46.   Silvester, Anfang/Deathcrush
  47.   Never Blow out the Eastern Candle
  48.   Stone of Destiny (...for Magh Slecht and Ard Righ)
  49.   Immortal Sorcery
  50.   Sumerian Sands (The Silence)
  51.   Disembodied
  52.   ...And Shineth Unto the Cold Cometh (Including Prelusion to Cythrául)
  53.   Akhera Goiti Akhera Beiti (One Black Opalith For Tomorrow)
  54.   Reliquiae Celticae
  55.   Great Battle Moving From Ideal To Actual
  56.   Old Tombs At Hochdorf
  57.   Beastial Invasion
  58.   Winter Zephyr (Within Kingdoms Of Mist)
  59.   Highland Tyrant Attack
  60.   The Coming of War
  61.   Book Of Splendour
  62.   Tasseomancy
  63.   A Shield with an Iron Face
  64.   Bron (Of the Waves)
  65.   Four Crossed Wands (Spell 181)
  66.   Hallstatt
  67.   Manannàn
  68.   Pillars of Mercy
  69.   She Cries the Quiet Lake
  70.   The Cognate Hous of Courtly Witches Lies West of County Meath
  71.   V.I.T.R.I.O.L.
  72.   Vorago (Spell 182)
  73.   Yrp Lluyddawe
  74.   An Involution of Thorns/Descent To Acheron (Evolving Into the Progression of Woe)
  75.   Apzu
  76.   Four Crossed Wands
  77.   Twix Yesterday, the Day & the Morrow [Instrumental]/Girra's Temple
  78.   Voor [Instrumental]/Swords and Leather
  79.   Descent To Acheron/Evolving Into The Progression Of Woe
  80.   Fantasizing To The Third Of The Pagan Vision/Quoth The Sky Nevermore/Ac
  81.   ...of Celtic Fire, We Are Born
  82.   A Magician's Lapis-Lazuli
  83.   Quest Into The 77Th Novel
  84.   Customs of Tasseomancy Act I (Quoth the Sky, Nevermore)
  85.   Cyntefyn's Fountain
  86.   Feis Mor Tir Na N'og (Across The North Sea To Visnech)
  87.   Intelligence Towards the Crown
  88.   Morbid Scream
  89.   Our Lust For Lunar Plains (Nox Luna Inlustris)
  90.   Preclusion to Cythraul
  91.   Swords and Leather
  92.   Sun Of Tiphareth
  93.   ...And Shineth Unto The Cold Cometh.../Prelude To Cythraul
  94.   Deathcrush/Silvester Anfang
  95.   V.J.T.R.J.O.L.
  96.   Medley
  97.   Customs of Tasseomancy