Friday, February 10, 2012

Abandon - The Death of Urgency

Abandon was recently featured on the Dialogues compilation and I was reminded of how much I enjoyed their full length. From Southern California, Abandon is a vegan straight edge hardcore band that does a nice, modern take on the well known 90's era of this genre. High gain, chugging guitars, china cymbal, bright bass and screaming vocals make this team have all the ingredients for some hard hitting music.

The recoding quality is well done here and every instrument is very well represented. Lyrically, Abandon engage us with a straight forward, yet well executed, composition on topics that range from animal rights, human rights and sobriety.

The record opens up with "Walls" which starts with a plotting bass line accented with minimal guitar and cymbal work. It blasts in aggressively and the song quickly gets your attention. A pause while the guitar plots the next riff, some spoken vocals, and then we're off to a full start featuring some powerful, screaming vocals. 3 minutes in the song takes a breather and lets the bass take the forefront, before the whole band rages back in with powerful chugging guitar to bring the song to a close.

The first two tracks, "Walls" and "To Defy" both break 4 minutes, with "To Defy" even breaking 5 minutes. This could be a little overwhelming on a first listen, but the band follows up by taking the shorter, more streamlined approach from this point on. "Reject/Reclaim" gives you a direct hit of chugging guitar and powerful vocals in just 1:18. Songs like "Evolve/Maintain", "Untitled" and "Reflections of Guilt" seem to present the perfect run time for this band, and the dynamics on those songs keep things moving in a distinguishable way.

"Humanity Drowns" has a great opening with the utilization of some sampling. I love how they pull everything in to spotlight the vocal cue. The chugging breakdown at 2:06 is so well executed, and it's following sequence of rolling drums and spoken vocals seemlessly take is into an upbeat frenzy.

"The Death of Urgency" gives us a nice guitar interlude before dropping us off into the last song. "Reflections of Guilt" begins with about 45 seconds of instrumental work that sets the tone for the song utilizing highlights on both the bass and guitar. When the song gets moving it shows a relentless nature that steamrolls the soundscape. The use of upbeats in the song really emphasize the breakdowns well and give the song a great "get up and go" feel. The song comes to an abrupt end that opts for less of an epic feel and instead seems to focus on the abrasiveness of the chugging guitars.

Check them out here.