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Sunday, July 3, 2016
release: 29 July 2016
Abominant is a metal institution since 1993, with an impressive stability of personnel, a massive catalogue of recordings and a consistency/dedication that you can trust. They have a new studio album coming up, of which two songs are now available for listening. The band is primarily known as death metal and they play as fast and heavy as can be, but their music is built upon both classic metal and extreme metal and those traits are relatively easy to hear, once you get used to the blasting speeds, inhuman growling and the total barrage of extreme metal that will come your way. Give the band a bit of your time, and you will notice that they play their music unafraid, even to the point of showing quite a bit of traditional heavy metal churning with the death metal. They also write songs that the listener can understand. They are a death metal band with roots in traditional heavy metal, and as the years have gone by they have become very skilled at playing their style, which they call "goat metal." This new album shows the band as the total Abominant sound: there are no rules in "goat metal," just play the music that you want, a lot of it is blasting extreme metal, but there's classic heavy metal rolled into the sound and at this point they are experts at what they do: headbanging metal. Below you will find the official information about the band and the new album.
OFFICIAL INFORMATION: For twenty-three years, ABOMINANT has done their best to write individual songs rather than repeating the same style, in the process simultaneously enticing or alienating much of the metal underground, causing them to maintain a purely cult status. With no interest in trends or genres; they have always carved their own path through the metal underworld, recognizing the appeal of individuality and attempting to separate themselves from getting lost in the sea of brutality. The band’s relentless eleventh album, Napalm Reign was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Scott Briggs and ABOMINANT inside Velocity Studios during the Winter months of 2015/16. Napalm Reign spews forth eleven brand new aural assaults and showcases the band executing their subterranean thrash-tinged blackened death with the passion and vehemence of true scene veterans. ABOMINANT has shared the stage with dozens of national and international acts including Deicide, Aborted, Rotting Christ, Death Angel and Belphegor as well as personal underground favorites like Nunslaughter, Incantation, Deceased, and too many others to list. Expect new tour dates in support of Napalm Reign to be announced in the coming weeks.
ABOMINANT was formed in 1993 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, following the demise of several local death metal acts. Guitarist Tim Ball and bassist Mike May from Sarcoma joined forces with guitarist Buck Wiedeman and drummer Craig Netto from Effigy to start a new project with darker, heavier roots than their previous outfits. In early 1994 they released their Never Truly Dead demo, and soon after, Wiedeman left to join the Air Force. Acquiring Mike Barnes from Louisville’s Cataclysm on vocals, they released another demo in late 1994 which led to a union with Wild Rags Records. Wild Rags released ABOMINANT’s debut, Unspeakable Horrors, in 1996. Wild Rags also opted to issue the Never Truly Dead demo on MCD format. The band released two more full-lengths through Wild Rags — 1997’s In Darkness Embrace and 1999’s The Way After — before the label’s demise. While in between records and labels, Wiedeman returned to the fold, increasing the band to a five-piece and doubling the material needed for a new record. ABOMINANT soon connected with Deathgasm Records for the release of 2000’s Ungodly which garnered the most success and positive reviews for the band yet. After 2002’s Upon Black Horizons, Deathgasm also officially repressed The Way After. Following the band’s 2004 full-length Conquest, ABOMINANT parted ways with its original drummer and brought in Jim Higgins who had been in multiple local bands, including Cataclysm with Mike Barnes, which helped usher in a more black metal influence and also reinvigorated the band. Not long after, they recorded 2006’s Triumph Of The Kill, however upon its release, Wiedeman decided to bow out of the band for a second time. The quartet released 2008’s Warblast and 2010’s Where Demons Dwell with Deathgasm before opting to self-release an MCD with two covers and two new songs for 2012’s Battlescarred. By 2013, the label released the band’s most fully-realized album yet, with Onward To Annihilation. Now, in 2016 ABOMINANT and Deathgasm Records are proud to present the band’s eleventh full-length album, Napalm Reign, celebrating their twenty-third year as a band. Truly fans of metal themselves, and the epitome of a brotherhood, ABOMINANT hopes all fans of death metal will enjoy the new record and possibly dive into their extensive back catalog.
Tim Ball: guitars, strings and tendonitis
Mike Barnes: growls, screams and the belly of aaaargh
Jim Higgins: drums, cymbals, sweat and exhaustion
Mike May: bass, strings and headbanging neck pains