Germany‘s Abest are a band that is pushing the limitations typically associated with post metal with the release of their second full length „Bonds Of Euphoria“. It is an indispotable reaffirmation of their sound, a masterful stew of metal and hardcore. Undeniably precise and heavy.
Produced by Jan Oberg of Hidden Planet Studio (Downfall Of Gaia, Deathrite) „Bonds Of Euphoria“ features guest appearances by longtime friends Ghaliz Haris, Fabian van Beek (Gall) and Michel (Reka).
Founded in late 2011, Abest released their debut full length „Asylum“ in May 2014 via This Charming Man Records, home of bands like The Tidal Sleep or Mountain Witch. "Asylum" sounded like a wrecking ball, slowly but steadily hovering towards the torn and rotten walls of civilisation, inspired by early Isis or Neurosis.
After playing shows with Buried At Sea, Svalbard or Red Apollo, the band released a new 12“ EP called „Last“ in June 2016 followed by touring all over central Europe. While „Asylum“ took a more melodic approach on the classic post metal sound, „Last“ sounded raw and less atmospheric, taking a step forward in both songwriting and heaviness.
After a several line-up changes, Abest continue as a three piece, now focusing on a more excessive and precise sound which can be described as brutal yet gloomy post metal. „Bonds Of Euphoria“ was written over the period of one year whilst sharing stages with Sun Worship, Phantom Winter and Reka.
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“No matter where you decide to turn, you cannot escape from the bulldozer that is Abest.”
“The Germans display their influences of hardcore and sludge metal to build an atmosphere of anguish and unsettling nature.”
“Very powerful and dark.”