Formerly known as Alcohsonic, the Paris foursome now called Abrahma will release their Small Stone debut, Through the Dusty Paths of Our Lives at the end of next month. The album, which was recently reviewed, works in a variety of religious contexts from Christianity to Hinduism to voodoo to cover a whopping 70-minute span that’s as diverse musically as it is conceptually, while still retaining a central core of heavy rock. Sometimes they get a little psychedelic, but some of the record’s strongest moments come from its straightforward and chugging riffage.
Even so, the record never seems to capitulate to expectation the way one might think. Abrahma are straightforward, but they’re also uncompromising. One can see that on even the most superficial level — it takes balls to make your first album 70 minutes long — but it’s also in the scope as Through the Dusty Paths of Our Lives plays out. There’s something arrogant in the transition as “Honkin’ Water Roof” gives way to “Loa’s Awakening (Prelude),” which begins the second and more substantial part of the record’s progression, and it turns out to be exactly that arrogance that lets the band pull it off.
That might sound strange, but probably not nearly as strange as how much sense it will make once you listen. Don’t forget to look out for guest appearances from Ed Mundell (The Ultra Electric Mega Galactic) on “Big Black Cloud” and Thomas Bellier (Blaak Heat Shujaa) on “The Maze.” You’ll find the monstrous entirety of the 15-song album below. Hope you enjoy:
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With front cover art by the venerable Alexander von Wieding, Abrahma‘s Through the Dusty Paths of Our Lives is set for release July 24 through Small Stone. For more info, check out the band’s website or hit up the label to place a preorder.
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