New York's Abigail Williams is quickly making a name for itself as one of America's premier black metal acts. With its first full-length release, the band rifles through 11 tracks of disconcerting black metal brilliance without allowing the listener to catch a breath. Riddled with gloomy atmosphere and otherworldly metallic mayhem, IN THE SHADOW OF A THOUSAND SUNS is on a par with even the most hallowed of Scandinavian black metal icons. In fact, Emperor's drummer, Trym, brings his blitzkrieg percussion abilities to the affair, intensifying its impact. And if that weren't enough, the album was produced and mixed by extreme metal legend James Murphy (Death, Testament, Obituary).