The half-dozen tracks, plus the ambiental interlude 'Vigilae Mortuorum (Interludium)', which are part of this work seem even slower and look a bit more epic. This impression is immediately evident in the opening song, "Beyond Closed Eyelids', where side by side with immense and immeasurably heavy riffs, played by M. Hater and deep guttural voices courtesy of I. Stellarghost, there is a greater incorporation of keyboards and piano passages, allowing those songs to breathe from their slow and hypnotic violence, which will provide the listener, therefore, time to catch his breath before returning to be swallowed by this huge mass of sound.
During these 70 minutes, falls upon us a funereal blackness, creating an unhealthy atmosphere, miserable, a monument that is built, slowly, in a subtle and chilling progression, in a Dantesque way that collides against our senses, leaving us with a feeling of malaise disturbing. The choirs, which laments along this deadly ode, act as light balms, momentary, along this route by hideous landscapes.
This album turns out as one, indivisible rock, overwhelming, both for its consistency of style and sound but also by the cadence that have their own tracks, weaving them into each other quite naturally. Yet, we need to emphasize 'Post Mortem' and 'Pulse'.
'Horror Vacui', not being a perfect record, or innovative, has the knack to show a very intense cohesion and power of their sound and stylistic ability to affirm Abstract Spirit as one of the best bands in the funeral segment in Russia and in Europe, capable of being able to comparable with the Germans Ahab.
For us, the last 70 minutes of the Apocalypse have already a proper soundtrack. (16.3/20)