Denver sludge/post-metallers ABRAMS today release their new video for “Better Living.” Now playing at MetalSucks, the track comes off the band’s In The Dark full-length, released last month via Small Stone Recordings.
Writes MetalSucks of the track, “Known for their groovy, punchy, and raw jams that have the kind of hooks that dug deep into you, this latest single is sure to get stuck in your head as it would easily fit in with the likes of Mastodon, Torche, and Baroness without any question.”
Adds the band, “‘Better Living’ is a song about breaking bad habits. A song about hope. A song about growth. Our buddy Jake Mulhern nailed the trippy throwback visuals, pairing them perfectly with the huge anthemic vibe of the song. A track that is guaranteed to get stuck in your head and create an urge to sing along.”
View ABRAMS’ “Better Living” video at MetalSucks HERE.
View the band’s previously released video for “In The Clouds” HERE.
In The Dark 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.
In The Dark features cover art by Robin Gnista and is available on CD, LP, and digitally. Find ordering options at THIS LOCATION.
ABRAMS will return to the road next month on a short run of live dates with statemates In The Company Of Serpents. See all confirmed dates below.
ABRAMS w/ In The Company Of Serpents:
11/02/2022 The Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
11/03/2022 Palo Verde – Phoenix, AZ w/ Goya
11/04/2022 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA w/ Pire, Nebula Drag
11/05/2022 The Redwood – Los Angeles, CA w/ Nebula Drag
11/11/2022 The Gothic Theater – Denver, CO w/ King Buffalo *ABRAMS only
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 latest 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
“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.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy
“The 10,000 feet aerial view of In The Dark is sprawling, but comfortably desolate. Absent are the tempting extras and production tricks most bands might over indulge with. Producer, engineer, and collaborator Dave Otero of Flatline Audio was clearly the right choice to oversee the record.” – Getting It Out
“ABRAMS… take the listener on an epic, heavym and melodic sonic journey…” – The Sleeping Shaman
“The music has cinematic depth and broad melodic appeal… The songs are well-crafted and professionally polished to a glorious shine. Frequently beautiful, the music combines a down-to-earth approach with soaring aspirations, taking strengths from both to produce a very engaging and striking record.” – Wonderbox Metal
Zachary Amster – guitar, vocals
Taylor Iversen – bass, vocals
Ryan DeWitt – drums
Patrick Alberts – guitar