Looking for something weird to throw in for those only slightly grim moods? Hateful Abandon might just be the perfect thing for you. This ex-one man band gained a new member after its depressive/suicidal black metal debut, and apparently that's all it took to push things over the edge.
On Famine, Hateful Abandon have crafted a highly unique amalgamation that retains their frozen roots yet explores a more sublime avenue of experimentation ranging from sultry synthscapes to alt rock brooding. Lightly emotional gothic vocals vie for your attention alongside blackened howls and muttering, all while a prominent bass and low-key guitarwork sleepily smoke on stage. It's only slightly deranged, but it is most certainly very laid back, catchy, and even peaceful. One of my favourite tracks, "Painters Rope," has a simple, super infectious groove and deep, disaffected vocals that would have made Ian Curtis spasm uncontrollably.
It's rather short for an album, and the songs aren't exactly mind-blowing, but Hateful Abandon are really onto something cool here. If you like post-black metal (especially the clean-singing parts of Caina), old death rock/punk bands like Christian Death, or just want to hear something unique for once, check this out.
Verdict: Win [4/5] (dance without emotion)