Abolition has been keeping hidden within the UK hardcore scene for the last few years. Releasing their own 7” EP and splits with bands of the same nature such as Hang The Bastard and Ark Of The Covenant, projecting their straight edge morals to a wider audience and generally gathering together a decent fanbase.
The time to burst out from the shadows comes in the form of Abolition, the band’s self titled full length debut. Produced by possibly the most experienced hardcore producer in recent times Jamie Frye (Last Witness, Wayfarer, and many more…) the band have found themselves with a sound that could be considered as classic, as its mix of harsh vocals, chaotic drums and very precise, solid guitar riffs fuse together a great contender of classic hardcore sounds of the 90s. But the band have taken this nostalgic sound and driven it straight into the 21st century, making it relevant for hardcore fans new and old to enjoy.
The record is extremely concise in its songwriting, and is very tightly knitted in terms of variety, which is not a sugar coated version of ‘everything sounds the same’. Not at all, each track contains very solid guitar riffs from lead guitarist Sam Knight, a man who on this record does not necessarily show off his talents, but certainly doesn’t produce any bum notes. The amount of high-octane energy pumped into these songs makes it impossible to buddy two of them together, they sound like fantastic live anthems, as the energy drives the record forward and prevents it from becoming droll.
Much like Toxic Holocaust’s new album Conjure And Command, the simplicity of the instrumentation makes it easier to appreciate the musicianship of the band, and a lot more difficult to have anything bad to say about it. And much like that album, there are literally too many great riffs included for any song to become skip-worthy; you HAVE to listen to all of it, whether or not you’re in the mood to.
‘…rhythm section tighter than the current British government.’ Is certainly one way of putting it, especially now with the immediate topic of the London riots. This is a record that would suit anarchism, and not what we’re experiencing today. Anarchism is rebellion for the purpose of causing good, what many parts of London (and what I presume will eventually reach other areas) are witnessing is rioting for the sake of rioting, burning down local businesses and even breaking into a children’s hospital is nothing short of barbaric behaviour. If the riots are supposed to symbolise a country’s patriotism and overall pride of the community, then it is doing nothing but disrespecting it.