Concert preview: Once-scattered black metal crew Abigail Williams finds its voice

  • Photo courtesy of Abigail Williams
By Columbus Alive
From the January 9, 2014 edition

The Los Angeles-based black metal crew takes its name from the initial accuser in the Salem Witch trials of 1692. Fittingly, the band’s third album, Becoming, comes on like a soundtrack to these past atrocities, building around drums that hit like airborne stones and vocals that mimic the horrified shrieks of someone being burned alive at the stake. While past efforts tended to be murky and, quite honestly, forgettable, there’s a genuine power to dark, atmospheric tunes like “Ascension Sickness,” and this new material should sound fairly massive live.

Like a baby deer taking those awkward first steps, Abigail Williams struggled for some time to find its legs. The band’s early days were marked with consistent lineup shifts, and a 2007 hiatus threatened to cut its life frightfully short. This uncertainty is reflected in the group’s early albums, which are as scattered as Becoming is singular. Erimha opens the show.