Hateful Abandon – Move

The can of worms. Decay. Apocalypse. Money money money. Poundland. Streets. Dust. Dying culture. Wires. People. Slums. Farmers. Work. Pain. ££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££

Our daily lives are awash in seas of egoistic, materialistic, ideologic-less whisperings. We are slowly but surely destroying the earth. Religious fundamentalists are sharpening teeth. Consumerism is destroying society as the channels of power narrow and suffocate. Insignificance ignored. Self destruction assured. A large chunk of black metal offerings revolve around some childish denial of the world they inhabit. Shadowy figures of melancholy rage that hide in bedrooms on breaks between shifts at the local fast food joint.

For a brief moment, the depressive black metal paradigm offered a more honest kind of hate. DSBM acts flirted with the concept of acceptance. A difference cannot be made. Denial is not enough. Accept the fate we have borne. We are clumps of bumbling matter on a greater, less sentient clump of matter floating endlessly in a sea of faceless clumps of matter and we are destroying ourselves. If the cold war didn’t do it, our own goddamn greed and ignorance will. DSBM soon boiled out. Too much of feeling sorry for yourself is a bad thing.

Move is different. A meeting of aggression and self-surrender married beautifully under a post-punk, industrial monicker. All the influences from Famine are still there. Intensified perhaps. Birthed a uniqueness Hateful Adandon can call their own. Vin and Swine walk the line. The music on offer plays on this combination of sincerity in acceptance of fate and an unwillingness to submit. Listen to those bellowed, enraptured vocals and tell me they don’t believe. Trace the faint, melancholy keyboard arrangements that appear throughout the album. Then focus on the hatred. The pissed off momentum at the heart of the title track ‘Move’. Or the industrial hymn of ‘Spies in the Wires’. Move is incredibly varied, with Vin’s versatile voice and the bands ability to move with ease between genres and melodies as the focal points.

Hateful Abandon delivers an intensely personal voyage into reflections on society and apocalypse. Are they angry? Pissed off that they’ve been forced to accept this? It is an emotional voyage through self loathing and humanitarian woes that many of you will be so familiar with. In our interview a few months back we asked what the subject matter for ‘Move’ would revolve around. Vin’s answers are nothing short of the seething, melancholy anger that lies at the heart of the bands new full length. One of the highlights of the year for sure.

Move is available now from Todestrieb Records in CD and digital formats. You will not regret this purchase.

You'll find me in the vast wilderness of British Columbia, talking metal at LURKER, or working in publishing and front-end web/eBook development.


  • Reply July 22, 2011


    Yes! Been looking forward to this for so long, can’t wait! Real outsider genreless unique IMPORTANT band.

  • Reply July 22, 2011


    Easily my favourite vocal performance of the year so far. What an album.

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