Absence Betrayal – Difference Album Review – Metalhead Community

Today we are featuring another interesting melodic black metal band; Absence Betrayal, from Russia. We have reviewed their powerful album; Difference, along with its character, style, story, potential and more.

Absence Betrayal is another promising symphonic/melodic death/black metal band I have discovered online about a month ago with their second full-length album; Difference which was released in 2019. Difference surely is a very interesting album with so many unexpected ideas and music styles all along the way. While listening to one song, you feel like the overall music is quite standard, focusing on some simple guitar riffs and vocals, yet on the next song, it surprises the listener with an orchestration, additional piano parts, some electronic beats, more melancholic approaches or black metal elements. I think this what makes Difference special. It perfectly summarizes the early experimentation period of the band in their lives.

Absence Betrayal is a powerful duo; a vocalist and a guitar player. As I mentioned above, they structured the album mostly with their pure symphonic black metal influences such as Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth. But I can’t say this statement is valid for the whole album. Difference is only their second full-length album and apparently, the band has already started to show their own character from time to time. The general vibe is always dark, moody yet emotional, it doesn’t matter how heavy it gets. Actually, this is one of the most emotional black metal music I have listened to for a long time.

As you might also remember from some of my previous articles here on Metalhead Community that most of the metalheads are tired of listening to bands who are constantly copying each other. I can easily see that Absence Betrayal is one of those who are aware of it and trying to go against it with their approach to songwriting. When you listen to the album from the beginning to the end, you’ll realize how many different ideas and styles they have blended. Honestly, we don’t see this happening very often. Most of the time bands are recording an album with 90% very similar materials. I am not going to judge or criticize anybody’s way of making music here. I just want to say that innovative bands like Absence Betrayal here are going to make a big difference eventually. That’s all!

I know Slavians very well and have tons of respect for their culture, creativity, and lifestyle. They have one of the darkest visions and styles ever existed, which is phenomenal. In my opinion, these Russian gentlemen are making the difference here not only with their music but also with their hard work, determination, and commitment. Being an artist or a band is so fuckin’ difficult, all musicians know that. Absence Betrayal is only two guys who managed to make two full-length album releases only in two years, filmed a few professional music videos and still pushing forward. I’d give them a medal for that! Time to time we see super popular bands with decent music and wonder why. The answer is so simple; because they are working so fuckin’ hard, just like on this example.


When it comes to the technical side of the job, well, it’s hard to talk about the overall album production because some songs have different productions than others. I can understand that they aren’t recorded or mixed at the same time. The general vibe has so much in common, I give them that. However, there are big differences between songs as well. For instance, on the 8th track; Nowadays, they have some electronic elements, on the 4th track; Devotion (which is also my personal favorite) they have a perfect example of atmospheric/symphonic black metal style, and on the 7th track; Nostalgia, they rather have a melancholic approach. Just like I mentioned before, they have a different taste in every single song as well as different productions. Briefly, I’d rate the overall sound quality as above average. Their style is a much more easy-listening version of traditional symphonic black metal in Difference album. This might be because they’d like to develop their own sound in time and this is the first step to it, or they wanted to keep it a little bit more mainstream. In both ways, they earned our respect.

When I take all these into account, I’d like to say that I am quite positive about Absence Betrayal and their future. Difference is a brave step forward in their careers without a doubt. This album might not be the kick they are looking for, but I am sure the amount of positive feedback they’ll receive for this album will most certainly motivate them to continue writing and making music. Just like I said earlier, I believe Absence Betrayal has a big chance to become a successful band from their native town. They have the determination and commitment, which will play the biggest role in their success. All they need to do is to maintain their standards and focus on their authentic music style. Egoist, Pathfinder, and Nowadays have earned their places in our Top Metal Songs Playlist on Spotify!

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In conclusion, we, as Metalhead Community Team, congratulate Absence Betrayal for their good job on; Difference, and wish them the very best in their future. Thanks for reading.

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