ABSCESS, the California-based band consisting of Chris Reifert (drums/vocals; ex-DEATH/AUTOPSY), Clint Bower (guitar/vocals; ex-HEXX), Danny Coralles (guitar; ex-AUTOPSY), and Joe Allen (bass; ex-VON), has officially split up.
Commented Reifert: "The reason for [the breakup] is that Clint Bower has left the band for personal reasons and out of respect to him and to all who have supported us for these 16 years, we have decided to call it a day. Without Clint Bower, there can be no ABSCESS so we won't even try to cheat anyone with something that is not the real thing. [ABSCESS' recently released eighth album] 'Dawn Of Inhumanity' has become our final statement and we feel that it is the perfect way to close the ABSCESS chapter since we must do so.
"Thanks to all of you who were and still are proud to call yourselves ABSCESS freaks!"
Reifert adds, "The other side of this statement is to announce that AUTOPSY is officially active again. With the lineup of Eric Cutler and Danny Coralles on guitars, Chris Reifert on drums/vocals and Joe Trevisano (formerly Allen) on bass, AUTOPSY is now the full-time focus. Longtime friend and bass destroyer Dan Lilker has performed with AUTOPSY at Maryland Deathfest VIII and will also do so at the upcoming Party.San and Hole In The Sky festivals in August of this year before Joe Trevisano takes over full-time on bass. A new AUTOPSY EP and full-length album are in the works and will be released on Peaceville Records, along with an upcoming documentary DVD. Also in the works is a new official AUTOPSY website, so keep your eyes open for that. Any other AUTOPSY sites or pages out there are fan sites and not run by the band.
"Again, thanks to all. All we can do is offer more brutality."
"Dawn Of Inhumanity" was released on March 9 in the U.S. and March 15 in Europe. The CD was once again be made available through Tyrant Syndicate Productions, the label headed up by DARKTHRONE guitarist/vocalist Nocturno Culto.
"Dawn Of Inhumanity" was recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California with engineer Adam Munoz and is described in a press release as "an unrivalled nightmare of raw experimental extremity. Including special guest vocal appearances by the DARKTHRONE duo, this is twisted, dirty punk death without limits!" The cover artwork was created by U.S. artist Dennis Dread (DARKTHRONE, AUTOPSY), with booklet art courtesy of Chris Reifert himself.
Commented Reifert: "We really have gone beyond anything we did before.
"The challenge is to keep the core or the heart of the monster intact by retaining the original ABSCESS anger. To take that infection and move it into an immeasurable space. I think we have found that place. I think we might find you in there somewhere.
"I have to say that this time around, we went in with an almost surgical approach, meaning that not only were the songs carefully put together riff wise, but we plotted and planned out every little detail to make each song an important piece of the puzzle. There is some serious hallucinogenic depth in there!
"The album was constructed in a way that is meant to take you on a trip to a dark and disturbing world in which your ordinary daily world has no place. The songs form one solid vibe when heard from start to finish, as opposed to each one being a disposable piece that can be consumed and thrown out after a listen or two.
"'Dawn Of Inhumanity' is a true album in every sense. Not to mention it's heavy as hell!"
Click here for the new ABSCESS "Dawn Of Inhumanity" minisite featuring audio samples, album info, plus an exclusive interview with the band concerning all things dark and metal.
ABSCESS's seventh full-length CD, "Horrorhammer", came out in March 2007.
Tankcrimes released a ABSCESS / POPULATION REDUCTION split LP/CD last spring. The split, brought on by a fan-based cover song years ago, features cover art by Chris Reifert. The recordings were mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound (GHOUL, IMPALED, MAGRUDERGRIND, VOETSEK).