Heavy Blog Is Heavy is currently streaming In The Dark, the latest full-length from Denver’s ABRAMS. The exclusive premiere comes in advance of the record’s official release Friday, September 9th via Small Stone Recordings.
The new collection is a fine-tuned, forty-five-minute sonic journey detailing the angers, fears, frustrations, and joys inherent in living in a world gone mad. With cinematic guitar riffs, brooding leads, and addictive vocal hooks, ABRAMS conjures a mature, polished, and intensely passionate craft, urgent but not at all rushed. There are hints of early AmRep mixed in with the larger sounds of ‘90s alt heroes Failure, Quicksand, and Hum. Combine that with the heaviness of recent Mastodon and stoner psychedelia of All Them Witches and you get In The Dark.
Writes Heavy Blog Is Heavy of the release, “In The Dark… delivers the most explosive, bombastic, and convincing version of ABRAMS… the bounce, dynamics, and overall refusal to slow down for one second are the themes which carry this album to its fruition.”
Read more and stream In The Dark at Heavy Blog Is Heavy at THIS LOCATION.
View the band’s previously released video for “In The Clouds” HERE.
In The Dark features cover art by Robin Gnista and will be available on CD, LP, and digitally. Find preorders at THIS LOCATION.
Initially seeking to fuse melodic hooks with dissonance, ABRAMS began in 2013 in Denver, Colorado, with guitarist/vocalist Zach Amster and bassist/vocalist Taylor Iversen. Later joined by drummer Ryan DeWitt, ABRAMS has released an EP and three studio albums, all to critical acclaim. With each release the listener can hear the band evolving and maturing to what it has become today. A band dedicated to compelling songwriting, and energetic live performances, ABRAMS ups the ante with the moody, heavy, psychedelic rock venture of their forthcoming LP, In The Dark.
Adding Patrick Alberts (Call Of The Void) to the lineup, In The Dark serves as ABRAMS’ first release as a four-piece, following behind 2020’s Modern Ways. With the pandemic cancelling all touring plans for Modern Ways, ABRAMS immediately got to work demoing more than twenty-five plus songs for their next release. Given the world was in lockdown, Amster took a deep dive to learn the ins and outs of home recording to refine song structure, with a hyperfocus put on vocal hooks. There was a goal set to have as complete and polished songs as possible prior to entering the studio in Summer of 2021 with producer, engineer, and collaborator Dave Otero (Khemmis, Cattle Decapitation) at Flatline Audio who was the last piece in shaping the final soundscape.
“The band nails this perfectly grungy, sludgy sound with just the right amount of atmosphere and it works so well.” – Metal Injection
“There is something intensely magical about In The Dark; this is ABRAMS climbing to the upper echelons of their capabilities. With intense riffs, ornate vocal harmonies and melodies, emotive grooves and a powerfully mature emotional understanding, this album will make you feel intensely and blow you away with the enormity of the sound.” – Distorted Sound
Zachary Amster – guitar, vocals
Taylor Iversen – bass, vocals
Ryan DeWitt – drums
Patrick Alberts – guitar