Abest - Ligatur (2016)
Abest are a new name to me, but certainly not one I'll be forgetting too soon. Their distinctive sound blends hardcore and swirling, intense post-metal into a concoction that may not be easy listening, but certainly is striking.
Abest's new single, "Ligatur", packs in a huge amount of action in its three and a half minute run-time. The song's initial searing wall of noise approach gives way not long into the track for a subtle, menacing riff that leaves the listener with an ominous sense of worry before crashing once again into heaviness. This use of dynamic might be tried and tested but Abest really make it work here.
"Ligatur" is a striking song, there's no getting around that. While its blaring aggression and all-out intensity might not be for all, those with an interest in hardcore that has a sense of mystery and atmosphere should find a lot to enjoy here.
For fans of; Alaskan, Downfall of Gaia, Planks, Red Apollo, Light Bearer