Hateful Abandon’s MOVE has made the Album of the Day and Favourite Albums of 2011 list at Roadburn.com
As we move towards the end of 2011, here’s a worthy record that we overlooked the first time around earlier this year. Lovingly pinched from Lurker: 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.
Misanthropically dark pop music filtered through the dirty lenses of Godflesh and a slew of post punk bands, Hateful Abandon’s second album sees them at full potential. Gone are the nods to black metal that were present on their debut and its place comes a much more focussed beast that loses none of its oppression and bleak world view. This is the soundtrack to a million heroin ridden tower blocks, empty housing estates, broken Britain. It’s ugly, dark and oppressive but at the same time, to those like me, utterly compelling and comforting to know that there is finally a band making the soundtrack to my journey through this…