Left: Extinguish The Sickness (1994)
What kind of soulless, washed-up No Fun Club Membership-having desk jockey can't get down with some mid 90's XxStr8EdgexX vegan miliant political preachy floor-punching gorilla slam-metal/hardcore delivered by high school-aged Bros in sideways baseball caps, oversized T-shirts, and baggy pants? I shudder to imagine such a sad, soul-crushing zombie drone. And so do the dudes in Abnegation.
Much like Minor Threat is the funnest band to listen to while getting completely hammered with a bunch of Europeans in a shady neighborhood bar, so too is Abnegation the best music to crank when shooting a bunch of heroin, eating a bloody steak, and littering in a public place while getting blown by a tranny. I don't know why. It's just utter catharsis, man. Slow, creepy, mind-bending, down-tuned hatred, created in an alien environment where bowl cuts were acceptable but cracking a beer wasn't. Go figure.
Right: Sown In The Remains (1995)
Abnegation were from the Pittsburgh/Erie area of Pennsylvania, and put out a bunch of obscure EP's, demos, and 7"s before dissolving into other bands and projects. Here are a couple of early releases. The sound quality is total ASS (I apologize in advance for the blown-out bass tone on Sown In The Remains), but for me at least, that's definitely part of the charm. These guys had no budget, no knowledge of the "music industry", per se. What they did have was CONVICTION, and a whole shitload of it to boot. Fuck the politics, this is just great music, from the psuedo-death grunt backing vocals to the weird, dissonant clean guitar passages to the sloppy enthusiasm of the double-bass bombardments.
Oh, to be young again...
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