@ Denver, CO
“Expertly constructed… There are hints of AmRep-era noise rock a la Unsane, as well as sludgy riffs you might have heard cranking out of Josh Homme’s amp back in his Kyuss days – and there’s even a strange sense of kinetic propulsion mastered by fellow Denver residents Plane Mistaken for Stars… Lust. Love. Loss. is worth your attention.”
“Lust. Love. Loss. is a nimble crusher, managing to steamroll and get down with its bad semi-melodic self all at the same time… You will likely be reminded of Baroness, Mastodon and occasionally Neurosis, but only ever in a good way.”
“Post-hardcore, filtered through big Melvins-esque guitar rigs… Abrams find the sweet spot on their independent debut, Lust. Love. Loss., about midway between Hot Snakes and Blood Mountain-era Mastodon, and toss in some great lyrics as well.”
“The trio’s self-released debut portends big, big things for the band. Effortlessly meshing angular mathcore with chunky stoner metal, Lust. Love. Loss. recalls Remission-era Mastodon…”
“Denver trio Abrams make their full-length debut… with an obvious focus on flow, complexity of songwriting, crisp execution, tight performances and an overarching sense of heft that is more than ably wielded… The three-piece seem to take their cues from the post-Baroness school of progressive heavy rock, bringing the occasional flourish of post-rock…”
“Similar, stylistically, to Remission-era Mastodon: polyrhthmic bluesy grooves hammer away as washed-out leads dance and skip around jazz-influenced drum fills. The combination fulfills a niche that hasn’t seen a true successor since the aforementioned 2002 masterpiece.”
–Heavy Blog Is Heavy
The synergy of melody, groove, and bullet-train force displayed on Lust. Love. Loss. sets Abrams in line with heavy transcenders like Mastodon and Pelican. Drummer Michael Amster pushes forward with crisp, ghost-noted beats that nod to Dailor at his best; twin brother Zach Amster scrapes shimmering melodies and massive crunch out of his axe; Taylor Iversen’s basslines roll along like boulders down mountainsides.
When asked about their influences, the guys name-check heroes of post-hardcore like Fugazi and At the Drive-In. Indeed, Abrams’ sound could be perceived as a turbo-boosted, sludged-up incarnation of those bands’ spirits – driving and impassioned, traversing the spectrum of feeling, from mournful to triumphant.