With the recording of "Famine (or into the Bellies of Worms)" complete, it is now possible to state with absolute confidence: Hateful Abandon is England's finest, most unique new band. Dark pop, post-punk and a hint of black metal collide in dream-like anthems of deeply personal and lurid art. Hateful Abandon are genre-defining and totally unrestrained by any conventions.
Instantly memorable songs are crafted with intricately textured guitars, an earthy bass and perfectly accented drums. The vocals are unparalleled and a brave contrast to the lazy, predictable efforts of many bands in any of the genres Hateful Abandon approaches. Battling between rich, deep, strong yet still human and fragile; and the most painful, retching screams.
Famine is a landmark album, independent from any perceived contexts. It marks the beginning of a band about to tear through underground music.
Still undoubtedly dark but in a more brooding sense than the overly distorted blackness of old, the material on "Famine" sounds like a weird cross between "Heart of the Ages"-era In The Woods... , Sisters of Mercy and Alcest, with elements of dark-pop, gothic rock and the odd hint of black metal all somehow intertwined in one dark psychedelic haze. - Hierophant Nox 5/5
Daily Noise: Metal & Punk History
Friday, 21 June
49 Years Ago BLACK SABBATH record Paranoid
Thursday, 13 June
49 Years Ago URIAH HEEP release ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble
Saturday, 8 June
35 Years Ago SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES release Hyaena
Friday, 7 June
25 Years Ago GEHENNA complete First Spell
Thursday, 6 June
38 Years Ago SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES release Juju
Wednesday, 29 May
30 Years Ago REPULSION release Horrified
Tuesday, 28 May
30 Years Ago SLAUGHTER live in Toronto (last gig with Terry Sadler)
Friday, 24 May
23 Years Ago ORDER OF THE EBON HAND complete The Mystic Path to the Netherworld