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Actually being trans is more metal than pretending to be a cosmic blackened fuckboi

So as of now for the immeasurable future while I am running this site we will not be covering ANY artists on Agonia Records. We have heaped resounding praise on many of their artists before. Some of my legit favorite metal bands are on the label. Forgotten Tomb, Centinex, Varathron, Hail Spirit Noir…sorry, take it up with your label. In Mourning even made our top albums of 2019 last year. But I am not doing shit to help promote a label that signs a band who have been accused of unrepentant transphobia against a former band member, Vis Crom aka Melissa Moore. Now there is an attempted very slight rebranding going on, which one Facebook comment noted was akin to IHOP changing a letter.

Moore has issued a new and more detailed account of her firing from Absu and a screenshot of a phone call that appears to show Russ being a complete gaslighting piece of shit. It is so disgusting it makes me want to throw up.

Proscriptor aka Russ Givens and Ezezu aka Paul Williamson are transphobes who threw me out of Absu like a piece of trash because I’m trans. This is not the whole story, I’m just starting it here right now…it’s really hard and painful for me. I need to find a way to talk about this in more detail. If they just recorded a full new 12 song album that’s none of my business, but it’d be incredibly disappointing to learn that after kicking me out they still used my playing and songs. I hope that’s not the case. During our final tour in 2017 I told my bandmates that I’m trans. This was the moment everything changed between us. I didn’t ask them to call me a different name or use different pronouns. I just let them know I was trans, and that’s it. They started treating me like a pariah. Like, they didn’t even want to share a hotel room with me. I figured their obvious negativity would resolve itself once the realization had time to settle. Nothing was different about my performance in the band or my quality as a person. Shortly after that, Russ fired me in a text message (attached). When he references “your decision” he’s talking about my “decision” to transition. After receiving this text I called Russ back and told him he couldn’t use my playing or my songs on the album we just recorded. His response: “Uh, why?” I said, “First tell me why you fired me,” and his response was “You fired yourself…with your decision”.

You’re legacy, Russ? Friends don’t guilt other friends for being trans, asshole. How about the fact that it isn’t edgy or esoteric to be a transphobic cis dude? WTF is cool and magical about that? Literally nothing. It is incel reddit garbage.

ANYONE ought to find that offensive but as a Demiflux person I super find it offensive. Here is a great article for anyone reading this who might be inclined to write ,”science doesn’t care about your feelings.”

We are in no way obligated to platform bands that are unapologetic about messed up shit or labels who think it is cool to deflect looking at these concerns. There can be restorative justice in the world and scene but this sure as fuck aint it. And the label DELETING my comments about it on their IG post below SURE AS Hell didn’t make me less inclined to write this article, morons!

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Agonia Records today confirms the signing of the new, Texas-based “mythological occult metal” act Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsû (@officialabsu). The debut/self-titled album’s release date is to be announced in the latter portion of 2020. When drummer/vocalist Proscriptor (Russ R. Givens) dissolved Absu on January 27th 2020, his main intention was to splinter the 30-year old faction into a renewed songwriting concord. Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsû is the obvious by-product of that chemical breakdown and securing the ranks is continuing bassist/vocalist Ezezu and new guitar virtuoso Vaggreaz. #proscriptormcgovernsapsû #absu #apsû #apsu #occultmetal #mythologicalmetal #blackmetal #usblackmetal #zemial #rosstheboss #possessed #auranoir #vltimas #agressor #agatus #zbigniewbielak #jtlongoria #karldanielliden #thrashmetal #deathmetal #heavymetal #barathrumvitriol #TheSunofTiphareth #TheThirdStormofCythraul #Tara #InTheEyesOfIoldanach #Abzu #tracklisting #newalbum

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Absu announce 26 city North American tour

Posted by SeanB on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 3:49 PM (PST)

absutour2013Texas based mythological occult metal group Absu have announced a special North American tour called The North American Connexus Conjuration.  The band will be rolling through 26 cities starting April 5, 2012 and concluding May 4th.  The band will be playing two full sets of music covering their entire 20 year career.

For a list of dates and venues click right here.

This will mark the band’s first tour since the 2010 release of the band’s seventh album Abzu.  Vocalist and drummer Proscriptor had the following to say about the tour:

“Since the release of our latest recording, ‘Abzu’, the response has been extremely vehement and now is the perfect moment to commemorate the album’s essence throughout North America. We purposely waited until the timing was ideal to embark on this journey, as we shall contaminate the communities with our craft of mythological occult metal. We’re attempting to divide the concerts into two sections: the first act will showcase songs spanning from our entire discography, as the second act will focus on Phase Two from the album ‘Tara: The Cythrául Klan’s Scrutiny’. For the past couple of years, many of ABSU’s followers have requested specified songs from this chapter of ‘Tara’, so it is our aspiration to give the people what they want.”

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Music: Absu streams “Hall of the Masters”

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, July 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM (PST)

Absu logoTexas black metal band Absu the release of their new single courtesy, “Hall of the Masters” of Adult Swim Singles Program. “Hall of the Masters” was recorded at Nomad Recording Studios in Carrollton, Texas and by J.T. Longoria.

Absu have also confirmed new festival and tour dates which you can see here.

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Absu Checks In From Recording Studio for Upcoming Album “Abzu”

Posted by JDKleinhans on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 8:55 PM (PST)

Texas-based mythological occult metal trio Absu are currently hard at work on “Abzu”, the follow up to the band’s 2009 self-titled album. The album is being tracked at Nomad Recording Studio in Carrollton, Texas and mixed by none other than J.T. Longoria. (King Diamond, Solitude Aeternus).

Drummer/vocalist/lyricist Proscriptor confirms, “The entire rhythm section has been successfully tracked and all that remains are mellotron passages and vocal lines. Before attempting the final mix, we plan to transfer the rhythm section onto two-inch tape to thaw out its digital timbre. With this record, we are appending dirtier elements of psychedelia and fusion. Lyrically, it will descend deeper into Enki’s lower world as well the Enochian Magic(k) System.” Continuing he notes, “I can tell you this album will definitely not be a ‘natural progression’ from previous releases, but a feat of metaphysical conquest and murkiness.”

Check out more Absu goodness, including “Abzu” tracklist and tour dates, here.

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Party.San Open Air 2011 Update: More Bands Announced

Posted by Christine on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 9:21 PM (PST)

Dew-Scented, Absu, Pateraeon, Aborted, Witchburner, Skeletonwitch, Decapitated, Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult and Urgehal have been added 2011’s edition of Party.San Open Air festival to be held August 11 – 13, 2011 at Flugplatz Obermehler in Schlotheim, Germany.

See the full line-up to date

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Absu logoTexas-based, mythological occult black metal band Absu have announced that guitarist Aethyris McKay has left the band to join Pantheon I.   The band has also announced they will join black metal veterans Immortal on their return to the U.S. for six shows early next year. The dates, announced earlier this week, will mark the first live performances for Absu since the Scion Rock Fest in March of this year.  The band completed two headline tours in 2009 to support the release of their sixth studio album, titled “Absu”.

Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor notes, “We feel extremely privileged to have been invited to participate on IMMORTAL’s ‘All Shall Fall’ U.S. tour in February 2011. Even though it is only a six-date tour, it’s a colossal one for ABSU to be performing with our former labelmates of many years. We had the opportunity to share the stage with Immortal over eight years ago and this will be a very good experience for us.”

These upcoming performances will mark the first time that Absu will appear live as a trio. Proscriptor comments, “I am here to announce that guitarist Aethyris McKay has decided to quit Absu and has recently relocated to Oslo , Norway to join Pantheon I. Working with Aethyris for the past three years has been a prosperous experience and I have the utmost respect for him as my comrade and a superlative musician. He assisted me in resurrecting the band from its hiatus stage and I truly thank him for helping me recast the spell of ‘mythological occult metal.'”

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Immortal announce US 2011 tour dates

Posted by Lucas Riot on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 6:14 PM (PST)

Immortal - All Shall Fall tour 2011Norwegian black metallers Immortal have announced they will be returning to the US for 6 more dates in February to round out their “All Shall Fall” tour.  Absu will be joining them as special guests on all dates.

“All Shall Fall,” the eighth studio album from the band, was released in Europe on September 25, 2009 and in North America on October 6, 2009 via Nuclear Blast Records.

For a full list of tour date click here.

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