“ABOMINANT display a veteran feel for the importance of dynamics and punishing groove – there’s as much skull-cleaving in the song as there is berserker ripping and tearing….” – No Clean Singing on “Burning Hemispheres”
Napalm Reign is the impending new full-length from long-running Kentucky-based death metal legion, ABOMINANT. Set for release later this month via Deathgasm, the band’s inexorable eleventh studio album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Scott Briggs and ABOMINANT inside Velocity Studios during the Winter months of 2015/16 and spews forth eleven brand new aural assaults, the band executing their subterranean, thrash-tinged blackened death with the passion and vehemence of true scene veterans.
As a precursor to its release, today No Clean Singing delivers fifth track “Burning Hemispheres” for public demolition noting, “The song is convincingly and disturbingly evil – there’s really no better word for it. It begins like a distant storm that rushes up to you in full force in the blink of an eye, with a morbid, twisting, grinding riff giving way to thundering drums and demonic, slashing chords pulsing with unholy energy – and a snare beat that hits between the eyes. A poisonous melody slithers through the song like a viper, and that attention to sinister melody, which is prominent even in the song’s vibrant and pestilential soloing, is one of the things that makes the song so seductive (as well as unmistakably feral and vicious).”
Hear “Burning Hemispheres” at THIS LOCATION.
Napalm Reign will be unleashed by Deathgasm Records on July 29th; preorders for the CD and digital versions can be placed HERE where you can also sample streams of “The Watcher” and “As Evil Rears Its Head.”
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’ve consistently carved their own path through metal’s vast underworld.
ABOMINANT was forged in 1993 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. 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. Soon thereafter, 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. The now-defunct labels also opted to issue the Never Truly Dead demo on MCD format. ABOMINANT 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. ABOMINANT soon connected with Deathgasm Records for the release of 2000’s critically-lauded Ungodly full-length. Following 2002’s Upon Black Horizons, Deathgasm also officially repressed The Way After. The band released their Conquest full-length in 2004 before parting ways with original drummer. Jim Higgins, who had been in multiple local bands, including Cataclysm with Mike Barnes, later joined the fold ushering in a more black metal influence and consequently reinvigorating the unit. 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. True enthusiasts of metal themselves, and the epitome of a brotherhood, ABOMINANT hopes all fans of death metal will enjoy our new record and possibly dive into their extensive back catalog.
ABOMINANT has shared the stage with dozens of national and international acts over their two-plus decade existence 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.