ABSTRACTER

Influenced by legendary genre defying and visionary bands like Amebix, Godflesh, Corrupted, and Disembowelment, Oakland’s dark death dealers Abstracter were formed in Oakland CA in 2010 setting out to create dark, bleak, moving, and suffocating music as a vessel to channel their obsession with the apocalypse and other end-time themes related to society’s unravelling, social collapse, darkness, doom, and mankind’s fundamental existence as a flawed species beholder of plague, war, ruin, and of the ultimate causes of the annihilation of all existence. Thorough various lineup changes, a vast and ever changing cesspool of influences, and three releases in six years showing a linear and harrowing evolution toward total darkness and negativity, Abstracter have slowly but surely harnessed all five supreme elements of sonic ruin (black, doom, death metal, crust and atmospheric negativity) to ultimately wield a dark and bludgeoning weapon of total annihilation that would reveal itself to be both lethal and vehement on one end, and shapeshifting and unclassifiable at the other. Their journey began in 2012 with the release of debut album Tomb of Feathers, an eerie and melancholic heavy crust/sludge-doom full length-album which gained praise from publications like MetalHammer for its apocalyptic atmospheres, long, often complex compositions, and epic buildups. 2015 saw the band simultaneously shift and vastly darken their sound as they fully embraced their black metal influences and initial noise experimentations by releasing the blackened sludge behemoth Wound Empire through praised german label Vendetta, an album which gained the band even more praise and which was lauded by outlets like Decibel Magazine and CVLT Nation for being one of the darkest and most atmospherically harrowing sludge/doom albums of the year. Further lineup changes and the band’s chronic and tireless quest for change and renovation birthed something terrifying and truly unheard of in 2016 as the band released two massive new songs with canadian dark crust miscreants Dark Circles as the B side of a 12” split which made head turns with its crushing hostility and seething negativity - their apocalyptic, end-time hallucinations reaching a ghastly and harrowing sonic extreme. This release was their most marked turning point and the most towering achievement for the band as they morphed into something even darker and more hostile than ever before wielding elements of noise of and of punishing black metal with unseen ferocity, and creating ghastly atmospheric constructs of pure incarnated darkness that left the listener blindsided and bemused by the band’s new and until then totally unseen negativity. A European tour followed culminating with their crushing sets at Vendetta Fest in Berlin, and at the Doom Over Leipzig festival in Germany in front of six hundred people alongside bands like Hell, Buried At Sea, and Cult of Luna, as well as more shows throughout the year with the likes of Doom, Primitive Man, Acephalix, Hell, Revenge, and more. 2017 Saw the band lay mostly dormant with live activity as they secluded themselves away to hammer away at their third full-length album, the monstrously crushing Cinereous Incarnate LP which will be released in 2018 by Sentient Ruin, Vendetta, Daymare Recordings and I Voidhanger Records, and which represents yet another leap for Abstracter into a new realm of complete sonic annihilation and of unthinkable apocalyptic black/death/doom destruction.

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