After their 1997 debut "Together We Summon The Dark" the Swedish ABYSSOS were a hot tip for bombastic, melodic Black Metal. Now the two blackguards have released their second album with the rather strange name of "Fhinsthanian Nightbreed".
One point of criticism might be that ABYSSOS have not exactly been spoonfed with originality, like so many other bands of this style, but as long as the quality is as high as here, that does not matter at all, at least to me.
Just as on their first album, this output is dominated by compositions of nearly epic proportzions, some even beyond the 9-minute-mark. Stilistically the duo of Rehn and Söderlind (plus session-vocalist Fhinstha) has not strayed from their path, but rather refined their style. Still there can be found very variable Black Metal, always melodious, which features any tempo, which may be connected to Melodic Black Metal: doomy, middle-paced, double-bass, furious speed. The most prominent "invention" is tht the former NEOCORI- and MEMENTO MORI-vocalist Stefan Carlsson creats a very interesting atmosphere with his strong, clear voice during a few of the tracks.
From a qualitatively high-standing album, the following tracks have to be showed off: the opener "Masquerade In The Flames (Another Black Friday)", "Worthless Soul For Sale?" and "Queen Covered In Black", which feature everything (in terms of quality and composition), which a fan of this style may wish. "Wherever The Witches Might Fly" then is a slightly different instrumental, which is a very atmospheric epos with very varying tempi and feelings, where the guitars' melodies sometimes remind one of the Viking Metal-style of EINHERJER, MITHOTYN or AMON AMARTH (even though they do not want to be called Viking).
All fans of Melodic Black Metal should at the very least check out "Fhinsthanian Nightbreed", at first chance!