ABSU Premiere Track, “Girra’s Temple,” from New Album

Texas-based mythological occult metal band ABSU have posted the song “Girra’s Temple” from their self-titled new album due in stores February 24. The song offers fans the first listen to material on the anxiously awaited new album that features an all-star array of guest musicians. Bring your browser to www.myspace.com/ABSU.

ABSU is the first new recording from the trio since their highly acclaimed album Tara released in 2001. Produced by the band with mixing assistance from J.T. Longoria, the album features artwork from Belgian artist Kris Verwimp. Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor says of the album’s lyrical concepts, “I am concentrating more on Sumerian-based occult themes of magick and mythology versus the Celtic aspect of my previous writings, which was heavily expressed on the last few ABSU studio albums. Musically speaking, the material will be quite similar to Tara, but with more of a ’70s progressive/psychedelic texture within it.”

ABSU came to international prominence with the release of their debut, Barathrum: VITRIOL in 1992. Originally released via Gothic Records, the label later licensed the record to France’s Osmose Productions. ABSU would establish a solid relationship with the label and thus release all later recordings via the renowned independent. In 2007 the band would announce a new partnership with London-based Candlelight Records.

MELECHESH Parts Ways with OSMOSE PRODUCTIONS

MELECHESH have fulfilled their three-album recording contract with Osmose Productions. The band has decided not to renew the agreement with Osmose and will soon announce a new label home.

Comments founding member Ashmedi: “After circa eight years with Osmose Productions, we feel this is the right time to move on. This does not change our high opinion of this cult record company who truly does good old-fashioned A&R work and builds bands over the course of time. I, on behalf of MELECHESH, extend our best wishes to Osmose Productions and their staff, especially Herve and Nicolas, who have become with the years people we can call our friends; we also extend our regards and appreciation to The End Records, the exclusive licensee label in USA, for their efforts on the North American continent.”