Germany-based Vendetta Records and 7Degrees Records, Italy’s Shove Records, UK-based Church of Fuck, and US labels Fragile Branch Recordings, Sentient Ruin Laboratories and An Out Recordings are extremely proud and honored to announce the cooperative release of Oakland, California-based ABSTRACTER‘s second full-length album.
Drawing musical influence from legendary underground heavyweights like Godflesh, Swans, Amebix, Neurosis, His Hero is Gone, Blut Aus Nord, Dystopia, Beherit, Corrupted, Grief, and Darkthrone and conceptually influenced by the work of South African anti-natalist philosopher David Banatar, Wound Empire is a concept work that once again sees the band dwell in its obsession for massive and crushing riffing, dismal and unsettling soundscapes, and with their fascination with concepts of human decline, cultural and industrial ruin, and complete social collapse. Crafted in near-seclusion over the past two years, Wound Empire is a forty-five minute hallucinating voyage into a frightening wasteland of complete darkness-ridden heaviness spread across four, ten minute-long, massive slabs of obliterating, crusted, blackened doom. This new album by the band showcases a massive expansion upon their previous sound as heard on their critically praised debut album, Tomb of Feathers, released in 2012 on The Path Less traveled Records, and presents us with a greatly evolved and enhanced vision of ABSTRACTER‘s abyssal and crushing sound and of their grimness-injected sonic aesthetic.
Recorded this Spring at Earhammer Studios in Oakland by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Pallbearer, High On Fire, Noothgrush, Sleep) and mastered at Audiosiege Mastering studios in Portland, by Brad Boatright (Wolves In The Throne Room, Sunn O))), Nails), ABSTRACTER will release Wound Empire at the turn of the year in a variety of formats. The record will see distribution digitally via Sentient Ruin Laboratories, on 12″ LP via Vendetta Records, 7 Degrees Records, Shove Records and, Fragile Branch Recordings, on CD through Church of Fuck, and on cassette via Sentient Ruin Laboratories and An Out Recordings. All versions which will all bear beautiful artwork crafted by Kevin Gan Yuen of the Bay Area’s revered blackened noise cult visionaries Sutekh Hexen. Without a shadow of a doubt a release to look out for in the underground and in the realm of all things heavy and dark, Wound Empire is a must-hear for fans of Inter Arma, Thou, Amenra, Indian, Wolvhammer, Unearthly Trance and the like.
ABSTRACTER‘s previous recordings have earned accolades from the press, including, “An impressive triumph” by Metal Hammer, “post metal in excelsis – out of this fucking world good” by Cvlt Nation, “Absolutely Immense” by Doommantia, “Amazing” by The Sludgelord, and “exceptionally vibrant DIY doom” by Exclaim! Having shared the stage with Eyehategod, Inter Arma, Hexis, Bell Witch, The Atlas Moth, Primitive Man, Kayo Dot, Author & Punisher, Usnea, Stonerburner, Braveyoung, Children Of God, Centuries, Eight Bells and many more, ABSTRACTER will perform sporadic live shows throughout 2015 in support of their latest works.
Stand by for official release dates, trailers, audio samples and more on Wound Empire to be released in the coming weeks.