Saturday, December 20, 2008

Hateful Abandon - Famine (or Into the Bellies of Worms) (2008)

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)

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