Ever since the foundation of Mayhem, in 1984, Norway has played a key role in black metal. It's now impossible not to think about 'hellish' drums, 'apocalyptic' guitars and shiny spiked collars when referring to this type music. Limbonic Art has the same characteristics, but it's a BIG mistake to consider them just, 'another brick in the wall'. What distinguishes this group is the clever mixing of destructive energy with keyboards and folk elements, conferring on the band a uniqueness that few can brag about. 'In Abhorrence Dementia' has Emperor's frenzy, but also manages to excel with the gothic, mysterious, crypt like atmosphere created by Profanum. Crashing into a track like 'A Venomous Kiss of a Profane Grace' at least intrigues, if not makes you go to the closest music shop (or to your mouse button) and buy the record. And that's exactly my advice. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
This album is surprisingly similar to Ad Noctum, their more recent release. 'In Abhorrence...' is a somewhat more elaborate version of 'Ad Noctum's sound. The synthesisers predomminate most tracks, in a similar way too Dimmu Borgir, but Limbonic Art make much more interesting use of them, varying the effect from neo-classical to futuristic. Despite the over-use of synthesisers, the brutality of virtually every track can not be denied, especially with the lengh of some of their blast sections. Unfortunately, the guitars are barely noticeable beneath the grandiose synth soundscapes.