Thron play professionally-recorded black metal influenced by the second wave, with bands such as Dissection, Dimmu Borgir, Naglfar, Necrophobic, and Marduk worthy of mention as decent starting points for Abysmal.
The songs are atmospheric and fast, balancing mood with aggressive brutality. Strong blackened melodies are used throughout, and decent vocal patterns compliment the rest of the music well.
Light and shade are explored across the album; there’s a fair amount of blasting hatred on display here, but there are also restrained and considered sections that build on the band’s penchant for dark atmosphere and feeling. This variety of delivery is welcome, and the structuring of most of these songs demonstrates a band acknowledging that doing the same thing too often on a release like this would be a mistake. As it is, this is a long album at 58 minutes in length; it’s enjoyable throughout, thankfully, but could still be a lot to take in one sitting unless you were totally in the mood for it.
Abysmal has a feeling of classic 90s black metal and sounds like it should have come out of the Abyss studios near the end of that era. This is polished and clear black metal, but doesn’t lack for bite or passion because of this.
A recommended listen. Thron are very good at what they do – check them out.