'I've never heard the voice of God/ I've found no trace of heaven either' screams Defeater's Derek Archambault on 'Spared In Hell', one of the singles from Abandoned, the band's fourth album. For those unfamiliar with the Boston band, such lyrics should soon become expected, as each release from the band follows an overarching concept, charting the lives of a struggling New Jersey family through war, love, loss and anguish.
This time around, the story follows the Catholic priest who was previously heard in 'Cowardice', the closing track of Travels. In Archambault's own words:
"Abandoned is the overall way that this character feels, be it by this god that he never really believed in, but took a leap for, to pay back this man that saved his life, or be it self-inflicted, where he leaves the woman he loves but takes it out on himself emotionally and through drug abuse. The title itself is the overall feeling of the record."
There you have it, it's quite the journey, so start with 'Unanswered' and 'Spared In Hell' and figure out if you can stomach this uneasy tale.
The album also features some of my favourite artwork so far this year, as seen below.
3. December 1943
4. Spared In Hell
6. Borrowed & Blue
9. Pillar Of Salt
11. Vice & Regret
Abandoned was released by Epitaph on 28th August 2015.