Abstruse are a duo form Greece that plays a very experimental and avant garde form of black metal with elements of thrash and this is a review of their self released "inner Space-Outer Void".
Dark background sounds start off the album along with some keyboards and clean singing vocals a few seconds later which also use spoken word parts and get aggressive at times and there are also some heavy guitars, after awhile the music starts to speed up a bit and you can hear blast beats being utilized in certain sections of the recording along with a slight thrash feeling on some of the later tracks.
The music can be very heavy and avant garde both at the same time as well as adding in psychedelic and symphonic elements at times along with a good amount of technical guitar leads and a small amount of death metal growls and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and you can hear a great amount of ambient sounds in the bands musical style and when acoustic guitars are added into the music they bring in a heavy weird style of sound.
At times you can hear some 80's style death rock in the songs along with small amounts of whispers being brought in at times and all of the tracks are very diverse with the heavier part s bringing in a bit of the 90's avant garde sound that some of the bands where experimenting with in these days and they also bring in a few seconds of grim screams briefly and the later songs go for more of an un-commercialized form of experimental music
Abstruse creates a very weird style of music with their sound having some roots in avant garde black metal and thrash which is still a part of their sound while the later half of the album really goes for a very experimental direction, the production sounds very dark yet powerful while the lyrics cover Illusion and Reality themes.
In my opinion Anstruse are a very great sounding experimental act that have their roots in black metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Outer Void" :Enchanting The Snake" "Temple Of The Android" and "Inner Space". 8 out of 10.