The new album from California’s death metal legends Abscess, Dawn of Inhumanity, is released on 5th April.
Bursting through the boundaries of brutality, abscess surpass all previous efforts and present a death metal masterpiece filled with insanity, violence and mind blowing savagery...
The legendary Abscess hail from Oakland California and started life in 1994 with their very own brand of Sickodelia. Chris Reifert and Danny Coralles were both previously in late 80’s/early 90’s top gore metal band Autopsy, and Chris started his career with the highly influential extreme metal band Death.
In October 2009, Abscess descended upon the famous Fantasy Studios, CA, to record the follow-up to their 2007 Tyrant Syndicate album, Horrorhammer, with experienced engineer Adam Munoz helping to produce this latest spawn.
Dawn of Inhumanity is an unrivalled nightmare of raw experimental extremity. Including special guest vocal appearances by the Darkthrone duo, this is twisted, dirty punk death without limits!
Cover artwork comes from top US artist Dennis Dread (Darkthrone, Autopsy), with booklet art courtesy of Chris Reifert himself. Dawn of Inhumanity also marks the final release of Darkthrone’s Tyrant Syndicate Productions, a sub-label of Peaceville Records.
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Peaceville caught up with the band recently and asked them a few questions:
DAWN OF INHUMANITY IS ABSCESS' 8TH ALBUM. IS THE BAND WHERE IT WANTS TO BE AT THIS POINT IN TIME?
Chris - I would say so. We've got great support from Tyrant Syndicate/Peaceville and we just recorded the album that we knew we could deliver if we worked our asses off, which we did. Abscess has hit a high point with this beast as far as I'm concerned and I'm anxious for it to be let loose upon an unsuspecting metal universe!
Clint - We really have gone beyond anything we did before. The challenge is to keep the core or the heart of the
monster intact by retaining the original Abscess anger. To take that infection and move it into an immeasurable
space. I think we have found that place. I think we might find you in there somewhere.
Danny- Abscess is always where it wants to be, from sleazy drunk metal to heavy death destruction and now skulls will be crushed, perceptions deconstructed, and surreal nightmares fed, welcome to, The Dawn Of Inhumanity
Joe - Yes, this album came together with our best efforts, and the finished recording felt like we had something killer to offer!
WAS THERE A SOLID PLAN FOR THE RECORDING OR WAS IT A LOOSE AND SLEAZY APPROACH?
Chris - I have to say that this time around, we went in with an almost surgical approach, meaning that not only were the songs carefully put together riff wise, but we plotted and planned out every little detail to make each song an important piece of the puzzle. There is some serious hallucinogenic depth in there!
Clint - We had been working on some of these songs for years. Some of these songs had been festering for months. When we uncovered them it was a pleasant sound. A disturbing unsettling beautiful sound. We always add a few new ideas as the recording gets close but we had a very solid start by the time we called Adam and packed up the gear for Fantasy Studios.
Danny - you give it everything you got, then ten times more, one brutal idea spawns another, the metal gods step in, lightning bolts strike, I was possessed for the guitar solos.
Joe - We definitely went for bigger tones on this recording. Dawn of Inhumanity has so much going on throughout the album that it made for a more attentive approach to the recording.
YOU HAVE SAID THAT THE ALBUM IS MEANT TO BE A LISTENING EXPERIENCE. WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?
Chris - That means that the album was constructed in a way that is meant to take you on a trip to a dark and disturbing world in which your ordinary daily world has no place. The songs form one solid vibe when heard from start to finish, as opposed to each one being a disposable piece that can be consumed and thrown out after a listen or two. Dawn of Inhumanity is a true album in every sense. Not to mention it's heavy as hell!
Clint - This one makes me long for the days of Records. Big cover Art & big Lyric insert that made you want to put on the head phones and study every detail. This one has a lot of detail. I hope people can find something new every listen.
Danny - put down your cell phone, blueberry, whatever, no texting, allow yourself to be submerged in a soothing dark world where apocalyptic horror is your pleasure.
Joe - Dawn of Inhumanity is a soundtrack to a world of complete desolation! and yes, it's heavy as hell!
ABSCESS HAS BEEN A BAND FOR 16 YEARS NOW. IS IT DIFFICULT TO KEEP NEW IDEAS COMING AFTER ALL THIS TIME?
Chris - Actually it's always a great challenge to do things we haven't done before, which we're always up for. In this case we played better than we ever have and came up with some really intense songs and approaches to creating the songs. There is definitely some real genuine magic in this recording. The chemistry this band has is very unique and I feel like there's nothing we can't do. One thing we will always do though is remain heavy, brutal and 100% Abscess!
Clint - I think it is best to work on songs you personally want to hear. Songs that get you off. when you are working on a riff you can really get into or a lyric you can get behind people can feel that energy that's the magic. The main thing is to get it out of your head, put that idea down on paper or on tape and add to it. If you do not do
this, that riff or lyric will bounce around. Your brain will melt. Your head will explode. Take heed.
Danny - actually the band is more creative then ever, this beast shows no signs slowing, and Dawn of Inhumanity is the proof
Joe - It's cool to finish songs and to continue writing. Abscess has always remained full of a fierce energy. There is a level of creativity that keeps pushing on.
ANYTHING ELSE TO ADD?
Chris - Thanks to Tyrant Syndicate and Peaceville for the belief in our crazy visions. And thanks to all the Abscess freaks who help keep our engines fueled and ready for more brutality. The Dawn of Inhumanity is at hand!
Clint - It has been years since the Wormwind first began. I have been witness to the Escalation of Violence. Long have the dead smiled at me. Yet only now have we reached Dawn. In this new light we shall see true horror unfold.
Danny - for a good time destroy your mind with the Dawn Of Inhumanity
Joe - Thanks as well to Tyrant Syndicate and Peaceville for their support. And to all the metal heads who take this experience. This is another brutal slab of meat for the rabid freaks to devour!
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"1994.....the earth splits in two and a band of ugly drunken freaks crawls out into the vast musical wasteland that the universe itself sought out to destroy! Abscess has always wanted to start a bio like that! Now that's out of the way, we can get to the real twisted deal. With Autopsy, Hexx and Immortal Fate all still twitching and foaming in the grave, Abscess like a deranged, disease ridden phoenix rises toward underground armageddon, unleashing torrents of madness, violence and insane debauchery. The forecast was clearly for righteous craziness of the most filthy kind imaginable. Without hesitation or remorse, four outcast sickazoids, Clint Bower (guitars/vocals), Danny Coralles (guitars), Chris Reifert (drums/vocals) and Freeway Migliore (bass) began to lay waste to studios, clubs and rehearsal rooms with reckless abandon, and for the first couple of years of existence proceeded to be banned from every venue they played. Breaking microphones, unleashing blood and other strange fluids, destroying monitors, outraging club owners, commiting assorted acts of insanity, they did it all. In 1997, Freeway left the band to be replaced by Joe Allen who took up the task with disturbing enthusiasm. In 2000 Joe left the band to be replaced briefly by Jim Mack on bass, a local friend and true maniac. Another chaos riddled gig ensued, proving Abscess was still a sick force to be reckoned with. Eventually, Jim Mack left Abscess and in 2002 Joe Allen rejoined with no intentions of leaving the freakish fold. Abscess started honing the live set and began focusing on musical depravity a bit more than club destroying depravity. That said, you still never know just what can or will happen at an Abscess show! Throughout all of this, Abscess has blasted out a plethora of repulsive releases with no end in sight. Be it raw gutter rockin' punk trash, deep psychedelic doom, or total skulldozing death, Abscess remains here to crush, rend and slay!"
Chris Reifert – Drums, Vocals
Danny Coralles – Guitar
Clint Bower – Guitar
Vocals Joe Allen – Bass
Also Available from peaceville
Horrorhammer was recorded in late June 2006 and features 12 tracks of filthy punk-fuelled death.
THROUGH THE CRACKS OF DEATH (CD)
In 2002, Abscess signed to Peaceville Records and recorded this SickCore classic.