Hateful Abandon - Move

Move Voted Album of the Day (Favourite Albums of 2011)

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.

http://www.roadburn.com/2011/12/album-of-the-day-hateful-abandon-move/

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…

http://www.roadburn.com/2011/12/roadburn-hq-favorite-albums-of-2011/

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The Inarguable Review Hateful Abandon – Move

US webzine The Inarguable have reviewed Hateful Abandon‘s new record Move:

…I have to hand it to them; Move is one of the most impressive post-punk, or even rock albums I’ve heard in a long time. I don’t even know where to begin with this album; it’s absolutely fantastic. Hateful Abandon has been able to tone down their influences outside of post-punk to a degree where they’ve lost that “wobbling” effect of Famine to create something much more concrete and stable, but with enough zest from, say, black metal or older industrial music, to really make it special.
Strong, concentrated, adamant, and powerful are all adjectives that come to mind upon listening to this courageous venture as a post-punk band in a black metal world. Chock full of nods to the greats, from Cabaret Voltaire (“Spies on a Wire” is a cover of their song of the same name) to Burzum, though the latter is more slight and textural. An exercise in the complexities of a single emotion, being anger, of course, Move has proven itself to be one of the much stronger releases so far this year. Hats off to you, Hateful Abandon.

Read the full review at The Inarguable!

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Hateful Abandon – Move OUT NOW

Hateful Abandon - Move
Hateful Abandon - Move

Out Now on CD: Hateful Abandon – Move

We were always going to get darker. It’s been the plan all along.

Move is the long anticipated follow-up to 2008’s Famine. The music is darker, the lyrics are bleaker. The planet is dying, they’re printing money to burn it. Forming single-file into the abyss. They are trying to slow the inevitable; this is the sound of acceptance.

Hateful Abandon present their despondent and angry reaction in Move. The sound remains uniquely their own, but progresses with new techniques and a harder attitude. A strong leading bass, twisting and ambient guitars, the percussive backbone from Swine, new electronic prominsence and the soulful roar of V/M!

Influence remains from seventies and eighties visionaries Killing Joke, Public Image Ltd, Dead Can Dance, Joy Division, The Cure; and a background in Black Metal, though these are only pointers to the distinctive sound Hateful Abandon have managed to refine on Move.

Lydon wailing like a Gull in my ears, E. Smith grunting-ah, Lemmy purring…Brindley and Price smashing lager and smoking the bass.

1. The Way it Ends
2. Human Clockwork
3. Copper Foundation
4. Poundland
5. Buried
6. Spies in the Wire (CD EXCLUSIVE)
7. Hive Mind
8. The Lost

Track-by-track

1. The Way it Ends – A song about what is happening around us now, the weather is screwed, natural disasters riddle the Earth, culture is dead and everything is full, bloated, dying. The worst thing is, it’s too late. You can be as ‘pro-active’ as you like, try and reduce your ‘carbon footprint’, recycle etc. All you are doing is slowing down by the tiniest degree the death of a planet that is already on life-support. Enjoy what you are doing now and watch it collapse. It’s better to come to terms with it. The track begins with the sound of a credit card we taped to a large industrial fan and continues into a grinding hypnotic dirge, highlighted by melodic synth and a sea of wailing guitars. I was genuinely livid when I recorded the vocals and I think you can hear that immediately.

2. Human Clockwork – This is about a man who wakes up one morning and realises how controlled he is by everything. His life seems planned out. He starts to feel like a robot, and after a while becomes convinced he is one. He becomes obsessed with the nagging feeling that he is not a real human being. He opens himself up, only to find that he is human after all. Any amateur psychologists in the house? This track is one that has been hanging around in one form or another since 2009. It was great to go back to it. Note the anti-crescendo at the end of the song.

3. Copper Foundation – A song about self doubt. This is one of the first tracks we did after ‘Famine…’ we wanted to break the mould we had created a bit. Another hypnotic dirge. Again, with this track I was so angry when performing I didn’t even follow the lyrics.

4. Poundland – This fucking Country. When they aren’t counting coppers they’re wasting it on crap. Blindly spending money they don’t have on shit they don’t need. Ok, we all do it to a certain extent (actually, no. I need records and books to live damn it…). Don’t get me started on the Royals. We actually wrote this track last, didn’t take us very long really. The ‘whooshing’ sound you hear before the verses is a drill pounding into the studio wall.

5. Buried – A song about being rotten. Having a rotten soul and mind and keeping that a secret. It’s about taking yourself apart bit by bit and examining the contents.

6. Spies in the Wire – This is a Cabaret Voltaire cover. A different mix than you may have heard already. Thanks to Todestrieb for working hard on licensing the song.

7. Hive Mind – Hive mentality, people who can’t see outside their little niche really get to me. Blinkered fools who judge without thinking. Quick to accuse the little bastards are. Connoisseurs will note the sample from Charles Bronson towards the end of the track.

8. The Lost – This has a similar message to the first track on the album. The most ‘pop’ song on the album and this will probably be the last time we sound as such. Never say never though.

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V/M on Move Album and Track Descriptions

V/M has posted a retrospective look at Move, an overview of the album process and a track-by-track description.

We were always going to get darker. It’s been the plan all along, that and experiment more. The album you’ll (all five of you) be exposed to in the next couple of weeks has been a long and convoluted process. You may have read about a change in our sound or a change in direction, that’s not strictly true, it’s just what has come next. The true follow up to ‘Famine…’, a band that has grown up together and got used to each other and become a unit working 50/50 as opposed to two people playing their instruments in their own little corner.

In the middle of 2010, when half the album had already been written, we had the urge to play live, obviously without splitting ourselves into four people this was never going to work. So we looked at alternate ways of conveying our message. One thing we learnt is that whatever we do and however we do it, it still sounds like HA. And THIS, my friends, is the second step on the ladder to a further evolution.

Listen to as loud as you can, preferably on headphones whilst stalking the streets and looking directly into people’s eyes. A few pints won’t hurt either.

Read the full post here.

Hateful Abandon – Move (Quick Update)

The follow-up to Hateful Abandon‘s debut LP Famine has been finalised. We had some last minute legal issues to address, and now MOVE has been sent for production. We will have a release date and further details soon.

Move final tracklist:

  1. The Way it Ends
  2. Human Clockwork
  3. Copper Foundation
  4. Poundland
  5. Buried
  6. Spies in the Wire (Cabaret Voltaire cover)
  7. Hive Mind
  8. The Lost

The official website was updated recently. Poundland is available to hear on youtube, more samples will be available soon.