ABKEHR - In Blut CD
Formed somewhere in northern Germany in 2015 by mysterious pair H. and Raash, ABKEHR seek to fuse the raw misanthropic grimness of the Norwegian tradition with the swarming majesty of US black metal, infusing it with the mood and claustrophobic desperation of the depressive arm.
With In Blut, ABKEHR seem to have achieved what they set out to do. It’s bleak but cathartic, serving to dredge up rough emotions but also to help purge them. It has a healthy lick of DSBM desperation to it but also a strong sense of the relentless individualism found in other corners of the black metal world.