Release Date: June 29, 2019
Format: Digital, and Physical
Location: Portland, OR
Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)
- Dustin Herron (vocals, guitar)
- Jeremy Dunlap (lead guitar, vocals)
- Joey Mohler (bass, vocals)
- Sean Rule (drums)
Production (Per Bandcamp): Recorded November 17th + December 15th-17th (2018) at Supernatural Sound Studios in Oregon City, Oregon by Rob Bartelson mixed/mastered January 28th & 29th + February 14th (2019) at Supernatural by Rob Bartleson
Favorite Tracks: Failed Mutation, Willie B Bacon, World Inside, Ugly Feeling, The Selfish Gene, Shelter, and Family Affair
Sounds Like: Sounds Like Words, The Shell Corp, 10 Ft Pole, Strung Out, Choking Victim, and Propagandhi
Some bands, Bad Religion specifically get into this rhythm of releasing albums that sound exactly the same as previous records. Often when this happens I tend to grow less fond and lose complete taste for the band. Then you have bands that try something new and the album is terrible. Maybe there’s no happy medium to this and the best we can do is hope for the best.
Now there’s one band that never seems to repeat the same material ever. That band is Oregon based Abolitionist. We reviewed their last album, “A New Militance” back in January of 2019. So let’s check out the new album, “Ugly Feeling”. The album starts with, “Failed Mutation”. The chord strikes and great drum work set the tone for this powerful album. Oh and the album gets 2 free stars for including the lyrics on their bandcamp!
The second track is “Yelling”. I love this track. There’s hint of metal with an anthem like melody. Herron’s vocals lead the charge. The next track is “Willie B. Bacon”. This track is sad, yet a listener can identify with both the pig and the boy. My grandpa grew up during the depression and would talk about how his family would be forced to eat the family farm animals to survive. I could always see the sense of loss in his eyes regarding that.
“Crossroads” follows with a bad ass intro! It’s all hands on deck with this track before exploding into a great song. Is true what they say all my favorite songs are less than 2 minutes? In this case YES! “World Inside”, is the fourth track. This is one of my favorite tracks. The guitar and bass riffs combined with some excellent drums send this one home.
Another favorite track is up next, “Ugly Feeling”. This track combines some great skate punk, a tad of metal with anthem like chants. I dare you to not sing along with this one. “The Selfish Gene”, follows with an important message. We all have that selfish gene. When the gene takes over you’re left with an orange haired monster for a president. Mohler’s bass on this is phenomenal.
“Shelter” is another great example of great skate punk. The riffs and beat remind me of early Suicidal Tendencies. This track definitely shows their metal roots. I keep saying favorite, but yet I find another track I love. “Family Affair” is another track you will be singing along with in no time. The heavy bass lines are amazing.
“Deep Ecology” is next with some excellent metal infused punk rock. I know many of us suffer from abuses long past caused by family issues. To move on from those can sometimes never be accomplished. “Ambivalent Nerd” follows and feels more focused on the instrumental side. Herron’s vocals are great, yet the drums by Sean Rule set a kick ass background theme. Last, but not least is “Walls”. I love the ballad like intro, before blasting off into some ruckus only to be resolved in the pit.
In closing Abolitionist has not only produced an album that’s refreshing, honest, and powerful, but have broken the repetitiveness set forth by many before. I also want to mention the artwork. The artwork by Craig Horky is incredibly good. Even if you’re not a fan musically, this album should adorn your walls. If you are fan hit that order button! So be sure to pick this up on vinyl here, https://abolitionist.bandcamp.com/album/ugly-feeling-lp-2019 .
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Track List (Per Bandcamp)
- Failed Mutation
- Willie B. Bacon
- World Inside
- Ugly Feeling
- The Selfish Gene
- Family Affair
- Deep Ecology
- Ambivalent Nerd