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Albums Of The Week: Abrams | In The Dark

On their fourth album, the Denver rockers deliver their brawny post-grunge riff-fests with a heavy stoner-rock vibe that will have you playing air guitar with your bong.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Initially seeking to fuse melodic hooks with dissonance, Abrams began in 2013 in Denver, with guitarist/vocalist Zach Amster and bassist/vocalist Taylor Iversen. Later joined by drummer Ryan DeWitt, Abrams have released an EP and three studio albums, all to critical acclaim. With each release, the listener can hear the band evolving and maturing to what it has become today. A band dedicated to compelling songwriting, and energetic live performances, Abrams up the ante with the moody, heavy, psychedelic rock venture of their latest LP In The Dark.

Adding Patrick Alberts (Call Of The Void) to the lineup, In The Dark serves as their first release as a four-piece, following behind 2020’s Modern Ways. With the pandemic canceling all touring plans for Modern Ways, Abrams immediately got to work demoing more than 25-plus songs for their next release. Given that the world was in lockdown, Amster took a deep dive to learn the ins and outs of home recording to refine song structure, with a hyperfocus on vocal hooks. There was a goal set to have as complete and polished songs as possible prior to entering the studio in the summer of 2021 with producer, engineer, and collaborator Dave Otero (Khemmis, Cattle Decapitation) at Flatline Audio, who was the last piece in shaping the final soundscape.

The new collection is a fine-tuned, 45-minute sonic journey detailing the angers, fears, frustrations, and joys inherent in living in a world gone mad. With cinematic guitar riffs, brooding leads, and addictive vocal hooks, Abrams conjure a mature, polished, and intensely passionate craft, urgent but not at all rushed. There are hints of early AmRep mixed in with the larger sounds of ’90s alt heroes Failure, Quicksand and Hum. Combine that with the heaviness of recent Mastodon and stoner psychedelia of All Them Witches and you get In The Dark.”