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A Legend In Metalcore - 80%

ConquerTheBaphomet, March 5th, 2008

Abigail Williams is a band hailing from the deserts of Arizona and the West Coast metal scene. They have since relocated to the Cleveland/Detroit area.

Despite what a lot of elitists from the death and black metal realms, Abigail Williams is at least expanding on the extreme ends of the genres while infusing a grandeur form of metalcore. At least they're not playing cheesy, sing-a-long chorus, post-hardcore/metalcore.

Pushing the limits on creativity has always been the stigma for hundreds of bands. Abigail Williams is not an exception. They take their roots in metalcore while adding the extreme elements of death metal and black metal. The vocals are one of the standouts in their sound. Ken Sorceron's vocal influences seem a lot like Dani Filth from Cradle of Filth but that's not necessarily a good thing. Cradle of Filth is not exactly the band to model your band from.

The riffs are obviously metalcore but with that added flavor of extremism. The black metal influences in this band attract me the most. A lot of metalcore bands are modeling after that melo-death/Gothenburg sound perfected by bands such as Dark Tranquility and At The Gates. Abigail Williams marks their territory with influences from Emperor to Absu.

The drumming is another thing altogether. Too many bands are using that triggered effect that in most cases ruins the production quality of the album. Abigail Williams has fallen into this as well. Their drum sound is atrocious. They should have stuck with acoustic.

Another big problem with this band is the member rotation. You would think after so many musicians coming and going, it wouldn't seem worth it to continue but yet they are persevering. They even attracted the attention of Trym of Enslaved, Emperor and Zyklon fame. That, I guess, says something. We'll see how it pans out.

Overall, if you're looking for the extreme ends of metalcore, Abigail Williams is a band to check out. They aren't overly kvlt and aren't over queer with their brand of metalcore. Hopefully with a full-length, they will progress into something better and easier to listen to.