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An Abstract Illusion - Woe



8.6 | 196 votes |
Release date: 9 September 2022
Style: Melodic death metal, Progressive death metal

Owners:

42 have it
24 want it


01. The Behemoth That Lies Asleep
02. Slaves
03. Tear Down This Holy Mountain
04. Prosperity
05. Blomsterkrans
06. In The Heavens Above, You Will Become A Monster
07. This Torment Has No End, Only New Beginnings

Top 20 albums of 2022: 1

Additional info
Released via Willowtip Records
Artwork was done by Adam Burke
Mixing/mastering was done by Robin Leijon

Staff review by
musclassia
Rating:
8.7
This is no illusion, abstract or otherwise: Woe is the real deal.

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published 21.09.2022 | Comments (7)

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Comments: 18   Visited by: 643 users
01.07.2022 - 19:58
skeksis25

Expecting this..
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02.07.2022 - 03:34
Rating: 9
HiddenDictator

Yes! Finally! Their previous album is still on replay from time to time after all these years.
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09.09.2022 - 11:51
Rating: 8
Umideath

An unexpected fuckin' beautiful album. \m/
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09.09.2022 - 14:36
Rating: 9
MeatWolf

What a masterpiece of atmospheric prog melodeath. Beautiful melodies, great variety and awe-inspiring dark and dramatic mood. Immense amount of carefully crafted details, six years were definitely put to good use.
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10.09.2022 - 09:34
Rating: 9
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
There are so many highlights on this album such as the incredible guitar solo's like on "Tear Down This Holy Mountain", and the track "In The Heavens Above, You Will Become A Monster", which is one of the best songs I've heard this year, it's off the scale in terms of epicness.

There's so many influences and styles being played in this album it's hard to keep up with all that's going on, but the melodies are quite striking throughout, the vocals are great, and the album is structured brilliantly allowing it to flow incredibly well, and the production is absolutely phenomenal.

I won't be surprised to see this win some awards at the end of the year, it deserves a high place in the chart ranking. There's one thing I know for sure, and that's that this is a band with a great future ahead
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10.09.2022 - 13:10
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Tage Westerlund
Only one member still lives in a Norrbotten, other ones located from Boden to Umeå and Luleå to Malmö. Sad , it not well how to say local band anymore. One still live in home town.
Musically is prog rock, prog metal, death metal, prog death metal in one blender. Always has always will be, made for special public who likes such kind a thing.
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I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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11.09.2022 - 00:10
Rating: 9
Uxküll

So glad they are back!
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11.09.2022 - 10:09
JoHn DoE

Listened to it yesterday, very good album, nice flow, will need a few listens to sink in properly.
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11.09.2022 - 12:12
Rating: 9
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
Written by JoHn DoE on 11.09.2022 at 10:09

Listened to it yesterday, very good album, nice flow, will need a few listen to sink in properly.

It only gets better imo
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11.09.2022 - 12:14
JoHn DoE

Written by AndyMetalFreak on 11.09.2022 at 12:12

Written by JoHn DoE on 11.09.2022 at 10:09

Listened to it yesterday, very good album, nice flow, will need a few listen to sink in properly.

It only gets better imo


we'll see...
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12.09.2022 - 13:49
Rating: 9
IronArkadius666

Brilliant. Their EP and debut album were both incredible, and Woe doesn't disappoint the lofty expectations that they've set. On first listen I'd say my favourite songs are Tear Down this Holy Mountain and In the Heavens Above...
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13.09.2022 - 18:06
Rating: 10
Tel3tubby

This is probably the best surprise of the year.
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14.09.2022 - 05:42
Rating: 10
Gothic Metalhead
Pro Introvert
When I heard this album I dropped everything and bought this sucker on vinyl. So emotionally powerful and a lot of brilliant minor melodic moments. All I can say is what a journey...
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17.09.2022 - 04:09
Rating: 9
JayPeaGee

Must say this album took me by surprise. Im completely hypnotise by the track 06. In The Heavens Above, You Will Become A Monster.
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17.09.2022 - 16:30
Rating: 9
Nejde
Philosoraptor
As a Swede I think "Blomsterkrans" (Flower Wreath) is the best song.
If anyone is interested here are the translated lyrics:

Your are born in love and in expectation to carry on change
You lack personality until your breeders sculpt you into who you are
Of all the wisdom and beauty in the world you are limited to narrow minded mindsets
All the choices you make in life are established and planned for your future

Imagine that you even mean something
Think that your existence is more than just an excuse
You are an insignificant second in a minute of a day
Totally meaningless in a picture bigger than your own little spectrum

Think about everything you see with love
For you it's only a blindfold to avoid seeing reality
Play in joy, enjoy the romance an propagate your brood
Anoint yet another generation of worthlessness
To a world of made up happiness
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20.09.2022 - 11:36
Rating: 8
nonZero

Very good album. The songwriting is highly atmospheric and the production is fantastic. The only thing stopping me giving this a 9 is too few memorable moments. Wilderun have fallen into a similar trap this year - releasing a fantastic album that just lacks something to take away from it.

Still a great album by all means, but not an outstanding one IMO.
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24.09.2022 - 10:01
Rating: 9
DarkWingedSoul

How did i miss their first one ? this is really amazing, beautiful soundscapes on an illusive winter sky...
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01.10.2022 - 09:03
Stormm

Like baby of Be'lakor and Persefone.
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