Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill
Genre/s: Blackened Punk, D-Beat
For Fans Of: Full of Hell, Nails, Weekend Nachos, Iron Lung, Magrudergrind, Mammoth Grinder
Starting off with a great soundbite from "Ravenous" (which I highly recommend if you've never seen it) Ives' Abandon is an overall pretty good demo. Full of thrashy riffs, black metal-esque power chords, and d-beat inspired drumming, Abandon sounds a bit like a cross between Deathcrush-era Mayhem and Full of Hell on "Rudiments of Mutilation"... and then the xylophone comes in. About halfway through the third track the momentum that it had built up abruptly stops and transitions into an eery combination of minimalistic guitar playing in the background while Burzum-y Hlidskjalf xylophone (I know he didn't actually use a xylophone but it reminds me of the album a bit) tones clang away before transitioning quickly back into a raw chaotic miasma that wraps itself up in the titular final track before fading away, leaving you, well- abandoned.
1. The Taste of Severity
2. Burning the Incense, Amanita Virosa
3. Lost in the Pleasures of Moonlight