Dark Post punk the way it should be
Hailing from Bristol in 2004, Vice Martyr (the sole member of Hateful Abandon at this time) was frustrated with the musical landscape, uniform copycats and scene-politics of the era, and started writing for a project with the intention of blurring genre stereotypes. Using influences ranging from post-punk (Killing Joke, Swans, PiL, Suicide), the first wave of industrial bands (Einsturzende Neubauten, Cabaret Voltaire), black metal (Burzum, Krieg), anarcho-punk (Crass, Amebix) and krautrock (Kraftwerk, Can) he started swapping demos with friends and underground labels.
In late 2006 one of these demos caught the attention of Swine (of black metal solo project Swine and rock & roll bruisers Salute) and he was drafted into the project as percussionist and engineer. Hateful Abandon was born. The duo were soon studio-bound and debut album ‘Famine’, predominantly written and performed by Vice Martyr, was released on indie label Todestrieb Records in December 2008.
The album was well received in the underground but, although it pioneered the so called ‘post-punk black metal’ movement, the band were not satisfied. They felt that they could blur the lines much further, both musically and conceptually and started to work on the follow up, ‘Move’, this time writing and performing together as a team.
After a series of false starts and live experimentation ‘Move’ emerged in July 2011 once again on Todestrieb Records. The first album that fully realised their vision, it was a feast of melodic hooks and barbed industrialism, floating sci-fi soundtracks and cigarette-end filth.
The new album ‘LIARS/BASTARDS’ which was released in 2014 improves and refines these themes, once again warping the idea of what alternative music should be in the modern age.