Single Track Compilations
NOTE: A longer list of single track compilation appearances can be found here.
Never Blow Out The Eastern Candle
V/A – World Domination – 1995 – Osmose Productions – OPCD 032
This Osmose sampler featured the track Never Blow Out The Eastern Candle. This version was recorded on September 16, 1994 during the sessions for The Sun Of Tiphareth, yet it was not on that album due to indefinite reasons. The song was later re-recorded and featured on the In The Eyes Of Ioldánach EP in 1998 and later in the vinyl box set release of The Sun of Tiphareth.
Swords And Leather
When ABSU was approached to cover an Iron Maiden song, they thought the wisest idea was to reproduce an instrumental piece. Proscriptor did not want to make a fool out of himself trying to either photocopy the voice of Paul DiAnno or Bruce Dickinson, so the band ended up covering Transylvania taken from Iron Maiden’s debut album. Equitant was not able to participate on this recording, so Shaftiel and Proscriptor recorded the song with assistance from Rabicante McDonald. Engineered by Kol Marshall of Nomad Recording Studios.
Of Celtic Fire, We Are Born
V/A – World Domination II – 1997 – Osmose Productions – OPCD 056
This Osmose sampler features the track Of Celtic Fire, We Are Born, which is taken from The Third Storm Of Cythrául album.
The Gold Torques Of Uláid
Movie director Harmony Korine was highly enthralled with the music of ABSU and wanted the band to present the first piece of music for his overly disturbed tour de force: Gummo. The first scene in the movie contains Super 8 mm news footage of a vehement tornado destroying the town of Xenia, Ohio in 1974. The movie’s plot is simply about this town that never financially or psychologically recovered from the destructive twister. So, ABSU was approached to create a song around this tornado, which was unusual as ABSU had never lyrically written anything contemporary before. Instead, they took the simple way out and wrote the song The Gold Torques Of Uláid; an Irish epic concerning the barbarian Ross The Red. The movie’s musical director, Randall Poster, enigmatically refused to feature this song in the movie and left it only for the soundtrack. In 2002, Toyota’s advertising department was highly fascinated with The Gold Torques Of Uláid and looked for it to be used in a commercial exclusively in Europe. However, due to publishing ties lasting with London Records, the song was immediately dropped. This song later appeared on the Mythological Occult Metal: 1991-2001 double-album anthology (2005) as well as a split 7" with Swedish band Demonical.
Swing Of The Axe
ABSU chose to feature the Possessed cover track Swing Of The Axe for this commemorative dedication to the thrash era. Initially, this song was to be included on a Possessed tribute CD released by Immortal Records, but was later released by Karmageddon Media/Candlelight Records. Vincent Rossi at Plymouth Rock Studios, based out of Dallas, Texas, recorded the song in one take.
From Ancient Times (Starless Skies Burn To Ash)
V/A – World Domination IV – 2002 – Osmose Productions – OPDCD 666
This Osmose sampler features the tracks From Ancient Times (Starless Skies Burn To Ash), which is taken from the 2001 album Tara and the Mayhem cover songs Silvester Anfang/Deathcrush, which was later to featured on Originators Of Northern Darkness: A Tribute To Mayhem on Avant Garde Music.
V/A – Originators Of Northern Darkness: A Tribute To Mayhem – 2001 – Avant Garde Music – AV046
Roberto Mammarella, founder of Italy’s Avant Garde Music, approached ABSU to be a part of this tribute to Dead and Euronymous. Without a doubt, ABSU’s first choice was originally Carnage, but Behemoth had already selected it. As a matter of fact, ABSU was the last (and, interestingly enough, the only American) band to be a part of the tribute album and did not have much of a choice for available songs. However, Deathcrush was still available, as the band thought it would be most appropriate to cover this track and also decided to include the intro composition, Silvester Anfang, as well. Interesting note: Trym of Emperor provided the lyrics to the band and Silvester Anfang was composed solely by Proscriptor.
In The Name Of Auebothiabathabaithobeuee
Movie Synopsis: When a cruise ship full of Caribbean tourists turn into zombies, two metal fans must battle against zombie Armageddon armed only with a baseball bat, booze...and bagpipes. (emetic)
Hall Of The Masters
Released online via Adult Swim's 2012 Singles Collection. The band also filmed a video for this song directed by Daniel Garcia. The song was later released on the Telepaths Within Nin-Edin 7" EP in 2015 and Hexagrammum Vestibulum die-cut logo shaped EP in 2018.
Stone Of Destiny (For Magh Slecht And Ard Righ)
Movie Synopsis: Ross, Penny and Crash, young outsiders from different tribes, embark on a road trip to a huge punk show. Ross, 19, is the love child of Trish and Heroin Bob, who died before Ross was born. During their odyssey, and with the help of a healthy dose of drugs, alcohol and punk music, Ross shreds his darkly Gothic outlook and embraces life. His mother Trish, who raised Ross alone in her steam punk shop, discovers that he is in a crisis. She recruits his 'uncles,' Bob's old SLC gang, to help find him. When all collide at the concert, they are forced to deal with their unresolved relationships with Bob. ABSU's song appears in the middle of the movie along with such artists as (ironically) David Bowie, Violent Femmes, Love And Rockets, Cocteau Twins, New Order, Rancid and more.
Full Album & Video Compilations
LABEL: Osmose Productions
RELEASE DATE: October 25th, 1999
ARTWORK: Sir William Hell (Cover Photography Credit)
2. Fantasizing To The Third Of The Pagan Vision [Quoth The Sky, Nevermore (Act II)]
This is a VHS tape released by Osmose Productions. The video for Manannán is professionally shot while other video is a promotional video, which also contains the songs An Involution Of Thorns and An Envolution Of Horns. It was drawn up as a short movie with opening and ending credits. Manannán also appears on the Noisy Motions DVD in 2004. The video cassette and DVD are long out-of-print, but both videos can be found on Youtube (links above).
LABEL: Osmose Productions (Europe) & The End Records (North America)
RELEASE DATE: September 12th, 2005
ARTWORK: Kris Verwimp
1. The Gold Torques Of Uláid
2. Never Blow Out The Eastern Candle
3. Stone Of Destiny ("Hall Of The Masters" version)
4. Immortal Sorcery
5. Sumerian Sands (The Silence)
7. ...And Shineth Unto The Cold Cometh...
8. Akhera Goiti - Akhera Beiti (One Black Opalith For Tomorrow)
9. Reliquiáe Celticáe
10. The Great Battle Moving From Ideal To Actual
11. Old Tombs At Hochdorf
1. Deathcrush / Silvester Anfang (Mayhem cover song)
2. Swing Of The Axe (Possessed cover song)
3. Transylvania (Iron Maiden cover song)
4. Bestial Invasion (Destruction cover song)
5. The Winter Zephyr (...Within Kingdoms Of Mist)
6. Highland Tyrant Attack
7. The Thrice Is Greatest To Ninnigal
8. The Coming Of War
9. Book Of Splendour
This double-album anthology is a collection of rarities, cover songs and live tracks presented in digipak format and 2xLP. (Limited to 500 copies)
Track 1: From the Gummo Soundtrack - The Song Was Not Used In The Movie (See 'Compilation Appearances' Below For More Information)
Track 2: Alternate Version Recorded During The Sun Of Tiphareth Sessions - Originally Appeared On World Domination Sampler CD
Track 3: Alternate version of Stone Of Destiny (...For Magh Slécht And Ard Righ) also known as the Hall Of The Masters version
Track 4-6: From The Temples Of Offal EP (First 'Official' ABSU Release)
Track 7-8: From ...And Shineth Unto The Cold Cometh... 7" EP
Track 9-11: Hallstattian Swords EP (Previously Unreleased)
Track 1: From Originators Of The Northern Darkness - A Tribute To Mayhem
Track 2: From Seven Gates Of Horror - A Tribute To Possessed
Track 3: From A Call To Irons - A Tribute To Iron Maiden
Track 4: Rehearsal Track recorded on May 10, 1996 in Carrollton, Texas (Previously Unreleased)
Track 5: Recorded Live April 28, 1997 in Toulouse, France (Previously Unreleased)
Track 6: Recorded Live April 28, 1997 in Toulouse, France (Previously Unreleased)
Track 7: Recorded Live April 29, 1995 in Torino, Italy (Originally Appeared On The Unreleased Hallstattian Swords 7" EP)
Tarck 8: Recorded Live April 26, 1995 in Essen, Germany (Previously Appeared On the Digipak Re-Release of Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L.)
Track 9: Rehearsal Track - Recorded Live in studio October 23, 1993 in Dallas, Texas (Previously Unreleased)
Track 10: Rehearsal Track - Recorded Live in studio October 31, 1993 in Dallas, Texas (Previously Unreleased)
"The Cythrául Klan vaults have now been emptied, the “Rest Of” ABSU is about to be presented to all. Actually, this collection is titled after a coalesced style of Black and Death metal ABSU invented nearly 15 years ago: Mythological Occult Metal: 1991-2001. This dual CD/LP anthology consists of rarities, EPs, covers, live and unreleased tracks which were never featured on the five releases for Osmose Productions. Included are some discarded gems dating back to the band’s earliest songwriting efforts, one of which is the very first EP: The Temples Of Offal. This compilation documents all the phases of the Cythrául Klan and I think this will become somewhat of a treasure among ABSU followers; it’s as if you have total admittance to our musical history. I did this for you because ABSU is currently on hiatus, so don’t expect a new studio album any time soon." - Proscriptor McGovern, June 2005.
This compilation represents the first collaboration project between the webmaster and ABSU. Find out more here.
LABEL: The Crypt/Dark Symphonies
RELEASE DATE: May 12th, 2014 (LP); September 30, 2015 (CD)
ARTWORK: Kris Verwimp
LP One – Side A: MAGUS – Ruminations Of Debauchery – Original Mix – 1992
Icons Of Gods
Ruminations (...Of Nature)
Side B: MAGUS - Lines That Formed Hexagrams – Original Mix – 1992
Ruminations (...Of Nature)
Reflections Of The Dark (Carbonized Cover)
LP Two: Side A & B: DOLMEN – On The Eve of War – Original Mono Mix – 1989
The Ritual Night
Dolmen (Living In Fear)
On The Eve of War
Thy Summoning (Outro)
Black Magic (Slayer Cover)
Every great story has a prologue. Before the mighty ABSU, there were two occult metal manifestations... MAGUS and DOLMEN that together, helped to forge one of the the most well know acts in the underground today. The Crypt is proud to present our further cooperation with ABSU members Proscriptor and Equitant, with deluxe 12" gatefold vinyl editions of MAGUS - Ruminations of Debauchery and DOLMEN - On the Eve of War. Both releases will feature original cover art and layout elements. DOLMEN features the unreleased, original1989 mono mix (the 2001 Vinyl release features an artificial stereo mix as the tracks were only ever recorded in mono) as well as an unreleased cover of Slayer's "Black Magic". Magus will feature the original unreleased mix of "Ruminations..." as well as the 1992 "Lines That Formed Hexagrams" demo. All songs mastered for vinyl from the original analog and dat sources. Both gatefolds come housed in an amazing, heavy gauge case wrapped, hand numbered box with a new amazing, original Kris Verwimp cover illustration which is also included as a poster. Limited to 500 hand numbered copies (300 gold/silver, 200 black) on 180 gram black vinyl. Later released on CD limited to 1,000 copies. Layout By The Crypt – All Tracks Mastered for Vinyl By Dan Lowndes @ Resonance Sound 2014.
LABEL: THE CRYPT (in association with Gothic Records/Osmose Productions) & Dark Descent Records
RELEASE DATE: February 23, 2015
Sumerian Sands (The Silence)
Sea of Glasya
Dawn of Invocation
Bonus Track: Abhorred Xul (Pre-ABSU Track)
Both of ABSU's original demos "The Temples of Offal" and "Return of the Ancients" were re-released as a single LP (in six formants - white cover with black, white or clear vinyl or black cover with black, white or clear vinyl), with original cover art by Equitant. Limited to 900 copies. Also released on CD by Dark Descent Records and a double cassette set by Diabolicurst Productions.
LABEL: Floga Records
RELEASE DATE: April 25, 2018
ARTWORK: Timothy Phillips, Kris Verwimp & Equitant
Cassette Box Set released by Floga Records. Contains ABSU's first four albums on cassette and included a patch and a poster. Limited to 500 copies on a worldwide basis.
Return To...Return Of The Ancients
LABEL: The Crypt/Dark Descent
RELEASE DATE: January 20, 2020
Over 80+ minutes of previously unreleased ABSU / AZATHOTH rehearsal and studio sessions recorded between 1990-1991. Carefully selected by the band, digitally transferred from cassette and meticulously mastered for optimal sound while still retaining their rawness, these tracks are being made available for the first time ever.
ABSU – Dawn of Invocation – Mid 1991 (Session 1)
ABSU – Immortal Sorcery – Mid 1991 (Session 2)
ABSU – Eternal Rest – Mid 1991 (Session 2)
ABSU – Dawn of Invocation – Mid 1991 (Session 2)
ABSU – Immortal Sorcery – Mid 1991 (Session 3)
ABSU – Eternal Rest – Mid 1991 (Session 3)
ABSU – Immortal Sorcery – Mid 1991 (Session 4)
ABSU – Eternal Rest – Mid 1991 (Session 4)
ABSU – Dawn of Invocation – Mid 1991 (Session 4)
ABSU – Immortal Sorcery – Mid 1991 (Session 5)
ABSU – Eternal Rest – Mid 1991 (Session 5)
ABSU – Dawn of Invocation – Mid 1991 (Session 5)
ABSU – Immortal Sorcery – Early 1991 (Session 6)
ABSU – Eternal Rest – Early 1991 (Session 6 – Instrumental)
ABSU – Dawn of Invocation – Early 1991 (Session 6)
ABSU – Immortal Sorcery – Early 1991 (Session 7)
ABSU – Eternal Rest – Early 1991 (Session 7)
ABSU – Dawn of Invocation – Early 1991 (Session 7)
ABSU – Immortal Sorcery – November 23, 1991 (7” EP Rough Mix)
ABSU – Sumerian Sands (The Silence) – November 23, 1991 (7” EP Rough Mix)
ABSU – Disembodied – November 23, 1991 (7” EP Rough Mix)
AZATHOTH – The Old Ones – Late 1990 (Session 1)
AZATHOTH – Abhorred Xul – Late 1990 (Session 2)
AZATHOTH – Immortal Sorcery – Late 1990 (Session 2)
AZATHOTH – Immortal Sorcery – Early 1990 (Session 3 – Backing Vocals by Russ R. Givens)
AZATHOTH – Immortal Sorcery – Early 1990 (Session 4)
AZATHOTH – Immortal Sorcery – Early 1991 (Session 5)
AZATHOTH – Sea of Glasya – Early 1990 (Session 6 – First Version)